At Beauchamps High School we strive to create confident communicators in reading, writing, speaking and listening, across the curriculum. The development of a whole-school approach towards promoting high levels of literacy, as well as providing extra-curricular opportunities for students to develop a love of all forms of communication, is central in our core ethos. We intend for students to spell and punctuate with confidence, adapt their writing style to meet various purposes as well as read and comprehend a range of material, in addition to recognising the importance and value of literacy across all subjects.
Beauchamps High School seeks to establish a framework to make it possible for students of all abilities to learn and develop their literacy skills, by helping them through the following strategies both within the curriculum and outside of the curriculum.
Within the curriculum
- Literacy display within all departments
- The Accelerated Reading Scheme
- DEAR sessions three times a week
- Key vocabulary lists for students with a focus on closing the gap between boys and girls.
- A whole-school marking policy identifying literacy errors
- The process of gathering and conveying information
- The process of developing independence and discrimination
- The process of creating inferences
- Developing knowledge on word etymology focussing on key words throughout the curriculum
- The study of language at sentence and word level
- The study of texts – fiction, non-fiction and poetry
- Subject specific grammar starters
- Literacy competitions (each half term)
- Sharing best practice throughout the school
Supporting extra-curricular activities
- Lexia programme
- Reading and Writing Clubs
- Participation of World Book Week
- KS3 literacy quiz/competitions
- Parent and child reading club/community literacy programme
- Teacher and student reading club targeted at students with low reading ages
- Girls’ targeted reading sessions
- Workshops run by performance poets, authors and writers
- National literacy schemes, where students work is published (parents have the option to purchase)
- Higher Attaining students are encouraged to read a selection of novels outside of those in the syllabus to broaden their understanding
- Other opportunities for Higher Attainers include entrance into writing competitions and trips
- Engaging Key Stage 3 students through national reading and football programme - targeted at students with low reading ages
Whole School Implementation
To ensure high levels of literacy are promoted throughout the school, the literacy policy also aims to implement:
- Continued staff training on literacy strategies
- Continued research into literacy strategies and implementation
- Continued liaison with local secondary and primary schools
- Ensuring staff awareness of students' reading ages
The school has a well-resourced Learning Support base which is well equipped to assist students who are experiencing difficulties with literacy acquisition. The SEN department offers thorough ‘screening’ on student intake, small group literacy teaching in Opportunity Groups, in-class support, lunchtime workshops, spelling workshops, modified lesson materials, differentiated tasks, appropriate setting arrangements and entry-level English delivery. LSAs have a literacy booklet which they can use in all lessons throughout the school.
At Beauchamps High School we aim to produce literate students, who are confident in all aspects of literacy. Whatever their future path we aim to enable students with the essential skills to be able to read, spell, punctuate and express themselves verbally in an appropriate way for their personal learning path.