Literacy is a key focus for every student, every day at St Hugh’s, and this is reflected in the drive of all staff to promote high standards of Literacy across the curriculum. This includes developing students’ skills in reading, writing and speaking and listening, and is supported by a Literacy programme which runs once a week during tutor time.
The weekly Literacy programme introduces students to keywords needed for learning, consolidates strategies for improving spelling, includes fun puzzles and games which aim to familiarise students with idioms and clichés which have become part of our language over time and which are vital to students’ understanding of the world around them, encourages students to engage orally with news and current affairs, and supports students’ written expression through short focused activities linked to the issues being discussed.
Our dedication to ensuring that all students’ Literacy levels are in line with, or above, age related expectation, is reflected in timetabled curriculum time given to the specific teaching of reading. During these sessions, all year 7 and year 8 students are given time to read and explore a wide range of novels as a class, and students are given time to pursue independent reading for pleasure. Reading lessons are also supported by the use of the Accelerated Reader programme, which encourages students to read widely and provides regular and accurate assessment data so that students’ progress in literacy can be closely monitored.
Throughout the year, various events linked to literacy are promoted across the school, including World Book Day, a popular creative writing club and various creative writing competitions.
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