Our whole school Literacy strategy is embedded across our curriculum and role modelled by all staff every day.
We base our strategies on our context and diagnostic assessment of need in school but also on informed research such as the approaches suggested by the EEF which can be found here.
Improving Literacy in Secondary Schools | EEF (educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk)
We are always keen to hear your feedback on our approach to Literacy in school. Please do contact Suzi Butler Assistant Principal should you have any queries regarding literacy at Shoreham Academy
Reading is an essential part our curriculum that support students learning, well- being and development of cultural capital. We have a bespoke mentor time reading programme that can be found here:
In every key stage there is a part of their mentor time curriculum where students read.
Mentor Time Reading Programme
Why we do what we do:
Many of our students do not have access to a rich reading environment. Those that do have also lost their love of reading due to the influence of technology and the smartphone.
Our mission is to create a rich reading environment and make sure that students experience the joy of reading a novel. We have carefully selected the texts that are read to our students to provide a diverse range of stories, authors and genres. Everything from the timeless classic to the modern greats!
We read in at least two mentor sessions a week and for a minimum of 25 minutes per session. Quality reading is modelled by all the staff here at Shoreham Academy.
Reading exposes your child to a vast range of vocabulary that perhaps is not always familiar. This helps them develop their reading ability their writing accuracy and the verbal confidence (oracy).
To view the books we're currently reading - click here.
Can you guess which member of staff is reading here…
We have our RED boxes placed around the school site. These are our Read Every Day boxes, which students can borrow from anytime. We want to ensure all students have the opportunity to have a book to read. If you have spare books at home that you would like to donate, please send in for the attention our librarian, Rachel Johnson.
Are you able to spare time each week to support some of younger students with their reading? If this something you would like training on how to do and you have the availability please do contact Bryher Armstrong.
Each term we aims to have an Author visits the school and share their experiences of how they ended up in this role. The students love this and we frequently link with our feeder primary school too to make sure this becomes a wider community event
We are using a range of strategies to support students develop their literacy skills in school. One thing we are using school wide this year is the Frayer Model. This model supports students when learning about new vocabulary and is a nice approach to use at home.
The process is the new word is placed in the centre. Then students look up or learn the description of the word, links it may have or etymology of the word, the antonym of the word and then place it into a sentence
We are keen that Literacy is not just seen as Reading and Writing and have a developing focus in school on the use of oracy.
We have recently launched the ‘Great Debates’ at KS3 of which there are some image below. Please click on the link to see the concept of next debate for Year 7!