All teachers are teachers of literacy. As such, the staff of Kingsthorpe College are committed to developing literacy skills in all of our pupils, in the belief that it will support their learning and raise standards across the curriculum, because:
- pupils need vocabulary, expression and organisational control to cope with the cognitive demands of subjects
- reading helps us to learn from sources beyond our immediate experience;
- writing helps us to sustain and order thought;
- language helps us to reflect, revise and evaluate the things we do, and on the things others have said, written or done;
- responding to higher order questions encourages the development of thinking skills and enquiry;
- improving literacy and learning can have an impact on pupils’ self-esteem, on motivation and behaviour. It allows them to learn independently. It is empowering.
Speaking and Listening
We will teach pupils to use language precisely and coherently. They should be able to listen to others, and to respond and build on their ideas and views constructively.
We will use the Group Roles resource developed and introduced in our Skills lessons to teach pupils how to participate orally in groups and in the whole class, including: using talk to develop and clarify ideas; identifying the main points to arise from a discussion; listening for a specific purpose; discussion and evaluation.
Talk for Learning is our College focus. We need our students to be able to explore and share ideas through their confident and controlled use of language.
We aim to give pupils a level of literacy that will enable them to cope with the increasing demands of subjects in terms of specific skills, knowledge and understanding. This applies particularly in the area of reading (including from the screen), as texts become more demanding. Regular Staff CPD sessions held by the Literacy coordinator will help staff to have a greater understanding of our students' literacy needs and be able to support and develop literacy skills across the curriculum.
We use the Accelerated Reader Programme in KS3 to encourage and develop a love of Reading through completing the regular book quizzes. The Library also promotes reading for pleasure through competitions, Book Festivals and hosting regular Author events.
Tutor times are also used for weekly reading opportunities as well as a Paired Reading scheme between Sixth Form students and Year 7.
Faculty Literacy Champions will help provide examples of Reading strategies that can be used within their individual Faculty.
Each department will teach pupils how to write in ways that are special to that department’s subject needs. The text types a student will encounter across the Kingsthorpe Curriculum are
- discursive writing;
- formal essay.
The Literacy Coordinator and Faculty Champions will resource strategies such as writing frames, sentence starters and vocabulary to assist in the teaching of these text types, as well as the sharing of good practice.
Each department will:
- identify and display key vocabulary;
- revise key vocabulary;
- teach agreed learning strategies which will help pupils to learn subject spelling lists;
- concentrate on the marking of high-frequency and key subject words taking into account the differing abilities of pupils.
- test or revise high frequency words regularly;
Key vocabulary is to be revised annually by Learning Directors.