Literacy

The Art of Communication

Literacy involves reading, writing and speaking which are crucial in enabling students to be engaged in the world around them. At Myton, we believe that literacy makes students successful and employable members of society. It is the job of all staff, regardless of subject, to help teach and support student literacy.

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KEY STAFF

Ms Julie Stevens:  Director of Literacy, Email: stevens.j@myton.co.uk

Mrs Hannah Calvert-Caithness, Email: calvert.h@myton.co.uk

What we do at school to support literacy

Accelerated Reader

In Years 7-9, students follow the Accelerated Reader programme to ensure they make progress in reading and develop a love of books. Find out more about the Accelerated Reader program.

We also run an information evening for parents in September. Presentation from Year 7 Parents’ Information Evening – 2016

Reading in tutor time and Learning Resource Centre (LRC) lessons

At Myton we believe in proving opportunities for students to read widely. As such we offer the following:

  • We have introduced the Drop Everything and Read programme
  • Fortnightly LRC lesson on using the library and study skills in Year 7
  • Reading time in form time with tutors
  • Reading and study skills support in sixth form tutor time
  • Private reading time in English lessons
  • A book in every bag
  • Testing reading ages of all students and providing help and support for those students who need to catch up

Literacy Mat

Across the curriculum, this Literacy Mat is available for all staff and students to help support Literacy across the curriculum. It should be visible in all classrooms either as a poster or a mat on desks and is also in student and staff planners.

Making Literacy fun!

As a school we aim to make literacy fun and try to enthuse students in activities that enhance their love of words. A few of the activities we have run over the last few years are:

  • World Book Day events
  • Creative Writing Club and Reading Club for Years 7 and 8
  • Debate Club – Youth Speaks competition
  • Creative writing days at Warwick Castle
  • An ‘Extreme Reading’ competition – see below
  • Author events: Cathy Cassidy, Charlie Higson, Mark Robson
  • BBC news report
  • Transformations programme with Warwick University
  • Carnegie Book Award

 Accelerated Progress – Literacy

At Key Stage 3, selected students participate in the Read Write Inc. Fresh Start programme by Ruth Miskin Training. Specialist teachers deliver phonics-based, structured lessons in place of English and languages lessons to help students to develop various skills, including reading, spelling, comprehension and editing.

At Key Stage 4, some students take Accelerated Literacy as a GCSE option and work towards additional qualifications such as Step Up to English and Functional Skills (AQA). They also receive additional support with their English GCSE courses.

Spoken English

In all years pupils should have opportunities to:

  • Speak confidently and effectively out loud
  • Use Standard English confidently in a range of formal and informal contexts, including classroom discussion
  • Give short speeches and presentations, expressing their own ideas and keeping to the point
  • Participate in formal debates and structured discussions, summarising and/or building on what has been said
  • Improvise, rehearse and perform play scripts and poetry in order to generate language and discuss language use and meaning, using role, intonation, tone, volume, mood, silence, stillness and action to add impact

Assessing Literacy in Year 7

What we mean by ‘developing’, ‘secure’ and ‘exceeding’ in Year 7

What parents can do to support literacy at home

Here is how you can help support literacy learning at home.

Reading

  • Let your child see you reading.
  • Discuss books, articles, websites, etc.
  • Ask your child to recommend something to read.
  • Visit the library and a bookshop.
  • Buy a book as a gift.
  • Read reviews before visiting places.
  • Encourage reading time.
  • Research authors online.
  • Turn off all screens!

Writing

  • Find examples of good writing.
  • Encourage your child to think about what their finished piece should include.
  • Encourage your child to plan their ideas and research information.
  • Ask your child who their audience is and what is the purpose of their piece of writing.
  • Get your child to check the success criteria.

Speaking

  • Encourage the big ‘WHY?’
  • Have debates.
  • Ban the answer ‘just because’!
  • Discuss the creativity of slang.
  • Listen carefully.
  • Reward effective persuasion.
  • Start questions with ‘Who?’, ‘Where?’, ‘When?’, ‘How?’ and ‘What?’ avoiding YES / NO answers.
  • Encourage speaking in full sentences so your child can develop ideas.

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

Parents of Year 7 students can download this KS3 Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar Booklet

 
 
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