Literacy

We believe that literacy is central to the development of learning and that the promotion of literacy will enhance our pupils’ cultural and intellectual growth to enable an individual to achieve his or her goals, to develop his or her knowledge and potential, and to participate fully in the wider society. The ability to read, write and communicate fluently in a rapidly changing world is vital for our pupils.

We also recognise that all forms of language contribute to the development of literacy:  Talking, Listening, Reading and Writing.  The ability to use these forms of language in specific contexts will allow our pupils to develop knowledge, understanding and skills for learning.

As a Specialist School in ICT we also recognise that ICT will be used across the curriculum to support and develop literacy.

Media literacy is also central to pupils’ learning as The Office of Communication (Ofcom) defines it as: ‘the ability to access, understand and create communications in a variety of contexts’.

The following principles add force to our main beliefs about the development and promotion of Literacy:

  • To develop pupil’s confidence as learners and users of language;
  • To develop pupil’s key skills in all areas of language;
  • To develop pupil’s knowledge of and familiarity with a wide range of literature both fiction and non-fiction enabling them to make choices about the  kinds of texts they enjoy;
  • To develop pupil’s ability to use information texts and to locate, extract and use relevant information;
  • To develop  pupil’s ability to read fluently using reading methods which are appropriate to the material and task;
  • To enable pupils to generalise beyond English to all areas of the curriculum in order to apply and develop their skills;
  • To develop writing skills for a range of purposes and audiences, using spelling, punctuation appropriately and with confidence;
  • To enable pupils to communicate clearly and with assurance in appropriate forms of speech.  They should be able to talk and listen in a variety of groupings and in both formal and informal contexts;
  • To promote a wide use of Information and Communication Technology and Media as a medium for the further development of language both in English and across the curriculum;

National Poetry Day

Thursday 2nd October was National Poetry Day. This year, the theme was ‘Remember’. Here are some poems that were written by our pupils during form class.

Remember

Rivers full of blood,

Engines roar above,

Marching closer to victory.

Echos of screams haunt them,

Machine guns crop the men in the field.

Bombs dropped left and right,

Everywhere, for your freedom and peace.

Remember, remember, remember.

By Peter Archbold and David Ochojski VES

Remember

Remember

Every

Minute

Every

Mile

But

Every

Regret

By the Year 8 pupils VES

Remember

Remember the days that have passed.

Every day. We’ll never forget them.

Memories of soldiers fighting wars.

Effects of shellshock still linger.

Memories of those who have fallen.

Brutal times have gone.

Everlasting poppies grow.

Remember the days that have passed.

Reminiscing in the trees

Easily listening to the bees

Monotone their fluent buzz

Even sounds by wings and fuzz

Momentary my conscience seized

By such sweet sounds of such sweet bees

Every day I plan to be

Remembering my happy bees.

By Angel Brown VRB

Realistic

Enemies

Make

Everlasting torture

More

Bitter so

Even when you’re feeling down

Remember that you have friends

By ‘W.B. Sharpe’ VJS

Reminisce

Every

Memory

Every

Moment, every minute

Because

Everyone needs to

Remember

By VRB

Remember

Every

Moment.

Even

Moments

Bitter and

Emotional.

Remember

By VJS

Rejoice in

Every

Moment.

Each

Memory is

Beautiful and

Eternal.

Remember.

By Samuel (Taylor) Sharpe VJS