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Literacy (curriculum)

Subject Leader: Dawn Fellows –

Students are provided with a range of texts which extend their ideas and encourage them to develop an understanding of issues relating to social, moral and cultural understanding. They are encouraged to reflect on issues from a variety of viewpoints, and develop an understanding of responding appropriately to viewpoints which differ from their own.

All students who are in Key Stage 3 take part in our Everyone Reads in Class initiative, which provides additional reading practice to support learning. Students who are identified as having particular difficulties with reading are also provided with additional small group and /or one to one support.
This support can be extended into Key Stage 4 if required.

Key Stage 3
Flying Start
Year 7 students who arrive at the academy with a literacy level of below 4 join a Flying Start group. In addition to following the English schemes of work (please see English department page), these students receive two hours of additional Literacy teaching each week. The work they complete complements the English schemes they are following, while providing small group support and personalised intervention.

Schemes of Work
Autumn Term: A unit which is based on the Roald Dahl novel “George’s Marvellous Medicine”. In this scheme students are provided with opportunities to improve reading, writing and speaking and listening skills, as well as developing their understanding and application of basic literacy skills.
Reading for pleasure is a key focus, with opportunities to spend time in the academy library.

Spring Term: A unit based on hopes and aspirations. Students will study a variety of fiction and non-fiction sources, as well as reflecting on their own successes along with their hopes and aspirations for the future. They will continue to develop reading and inference skills as well as writing for varied purposes and audiences.
The development of spelling, punctuation and grammar will remain a focus.

Summer Term: A unit which focuses on drama. Students will study a modern drama script, as well as having opportunities to write and present their own pieces.
The development of reading, writing and speaking and listening skills will remain a focus, along with the acquisition of higher order skills.


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