Literacy, BH...

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Intent

 

At Brownhill Learning Community, we believe that the key literacy skills of reading, writing and oracy are essential skills for life.  Our aim is to embed and develop these skills within all subjects across our broad and balanced curriculum.

As Literacy is central to student’s intellectual, emotional and social development, it plays an essential role in our curriculum. We strive, through the effective teaching of Literacy, to ensure that our pupils are literate, so they are able to speak, listen, read and write at a level necessary to communicate effectively in education, at work and in society.

Implementation

 

Throughout our curriculum, our students are taught how to develop and improve their reading, writing and oracy skills and are given regular opportunities to do during lessons, in the following ways;

Reading

  • Opportunities to read real world academic texts related to different subjects (e.g National Geographic and New Scientist)

  • Recommended reading for different subjects/topics

  • Questioning students about reading to assess their understanding

  • Highlighting of keywords in texts

  • Providing glossaries of challenging words

  • Differentiated texts to allow students of all reading abilities to access the curriculum

  • Key words and definitions included on knowledge organisers

  • Guided Reading

 

Writing

  • Pre-teaching of new vocabulary/key words

  • Tier 2 (academic) and Tier 3 (subject specific) key words embedded throughout the curriculum/subjects

  • Use of word banks to promote the use of subject specific words

  • Use of writing prompts during lessons, such as sentence starters

  • Extended writing opportunities in every subjects

  • Marking for spelling and grammar across all key stages in all subjects

  • Modelling of different writing styles

 

Oracy

  • Prompts/words to include in spoken answers

  • Classroom discussion/debate

  • Presentations

  • Questioning

  • Discussing vocabulary/key words

  • Modelling effective communication and appropriate responses

 

Vocabulary

  • Use of the Frayer Model to support understanding of new vocabulary/key words

  • Regular spelling tests in all subjects to ensure correct spelling of key words/vocabulary

  • Key word definitions

  • Key words to be pre-taught before a new unit of work

 

Impact

 

Through our whole-school approach to teaching Literacy, we hope to address the disadvantages that many of our students face by developing the skills they need to communicate effectively whether this is to support re-integration into mainstream education, to enable them to access further education or to prepare them for the world of work. We aim to develop vocabulary and foster an enjoyment of reading, to re-engage them with their learning and to support them to become lifelong learners. 

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