Literacy at CHSG
At CHSG, the 5-a-day literacy strategy provides a cohesive framework which draws together the diverse range of activities across the school that develop students’ language skills.
The five core areas are reading, writing, speaking, listening and vocabulary.
Literacy logos depicting the core areas are embedded into PowerPoint presentations, worksheets and displayed in all classrooms. Teachers make regular reference to them to embed literacy skills across all areas of the curriculum.
Literacy skills, as they relate to each subject, are taught explicitly and rigorously as an integral part of all curriculum areas.
In conjunction with the CHSG British Values ‘Thought for the Week’, ‘Word for the Week’ encourages students to consider vocabulary that supports the school’s values of Community, Harmony, Success and Growth.
Accelerated Reader is used by Year 7 and 8 to promote reading that is both enjoyable and challenging. Assessing their reading allows students to take ownership of their own learning and they can monitor their own progress on a regular basis.
Reading lessons in Year 9 and 10 constitute the Independent Learning Project (ILP) for the year. Students are encouraged to read more from the Literacy Canon as well as Modern Classics and Non-Fiction in order to prepare for the challenges of GCSE effectively.
A number of students at CHSG are members of the Bookworm Club where they read regularly with their English teacher and are paired with a Year 10 mentor. The club’s aim is to build confidence and progression in Literacy. Year 7 students have reviewed the Bookworm Club as being extremely valuable in making reading a part of their daily routine.
All teachers display a ‘Currently reading...’ poster on their doors. At CHSG, the 5-a-day literacy strategy provides a cohesive framework which draws together the diverse range of activities across the school that develop students’ language skills.