‘Literacy skills’ relate to our ability to communicate effectively, in a variety of ways, to a range of audiences. Literacy encompasses the skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. Students need to have good literacy skills in order to engage with the written word in everyday life. Being able to read and write means being able to keep up with current events, communicate effectively, and understand the issues that shape the world around our students.
Here at Trinity Catholic College we believe that it is vital that we provide our students with the essential literacy skills that will enable them to achieve both academic success and allow them to succeed within their chosen career.
Trinity’s Literacy Aims:
- To assist in raising the profile of literacy within the school across all subject areas.
- To help raise levels of literacy by encouraging all students to achieve their full potential in their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.
- To develop the appropriate use of these skills within a variety of contexts and a range of audiences.
- To have high expectations of all students’ literacy skills.
- To provide structured support for individuals who are experiencing difficulties in any area of literacy.
Literacy across the curriculum policy
- Teaching Assistants are allocated to support students with literacy difficulties- not only in core subjects but across the curriculum.
- Teaching staff ensure that literacy is highlighted in Schemes of Work and lesson planning where appropriate.
- There is an expectation that all staff mark students’ books for literacy, no matter what the subject.
- Students are given literacy resources to help them develop their literacy skills across the curriculum
- An intensive Reading programme (Accelerated reader) is delivered to all students in KS3 the students read a book, take an online quiz, and get immediate feedback. Students respond to regular feedback and are motivated to make progress with their reading skills. A comprehensive set of reports reveals how much a student has been reading, at what level of complexity, and how well they have understood what they have read. Vocabulary growth and literacy skills are also measured, giving teachers insight into how well students have responded to reading schemes and class instruction.
- Teaching Assistants are allocated to support students with literacy difficulties not only in core subjects but across the curriculum.
- Members of staff are ensuring that literacy is highlighted in Schemes of Work and lesson planning where appropriate.
Students are given literacy resources to help them develop their literacy skills across the curriculum
Teachers highlight literacy aspects of the lessons with the literacy/numeracy logo (PLANET)
Parents –What you can do to support your child’s literacy?
Research has consistently found that the more children read, the more developed their literacy skills become in relation to reading, spelling, use of punctuation and grammar, and their vocabulary. As a result of this, we are encouraging children to read as regularly as possible at home. We realise that some children are not keen readers and as a result we are trying to make them aware of the huge importance reading has upon their academic success, even if the material itself does not have any relevance to a particular subject.
How you can encourage your child to read?
- Read regularly – 30 minutes a day is the ideal reading time.
- Encourage them to discuss what they are reading.
- Find out what they are interested in; children are far more likely to read something that they have been able to choose than something handed to them.
- Ask questions about the text your child is reading: Why? How? What might happen next?
- Try and make sure that your child has access to a variety of interesting texts e.g. fiction, autobiographies, magazines, newspapers.
- Visit a library or book shop to inspire varied reading.
One of the major barriers to confident writing is anxiety over spellings. However, this barrier can easily be broken down with practice and patience. As a school we promote the value of accurate spellings and the huge importance this has both in relation to academic success and professional success in their adult lives.
Resources to continue to support your child’s literacy at home
- How to create a fantastic piece of writing
- Metaphors, similies and personification
- wear where were
- What to do when you find a word difficult to spell