What is Literacy?
Literacy encompasses all the skills students need in order to be able to read, write, speak and listen in multiple situations and contexts. Summerhill students learn most of their Literacy within English lessons but Literacy skills are used in every subject, in every lesson and beyond the school environment as well.
Literacy is about having the confidence and skills to read, write, speak and listen in all aspects of life - at work, in practical everyday activities at home and beyond.
Summerhill Literacy Objectives
- To provide all KS3 students with a platform to improve their literacy skills in readiness for terminal examinations at the end of KS4.
- To create opportunities for students to read a variety of texts and to rapidly improve their reading and writing abilities.
- To develop all students’ Literacy skills in order for them to take them beyond the classroom and into everyday situations.
Y7 students have five periods of English a week (250 minutes, or just over 4 hours) with time dedicated to reading within lessons and one hour of homework to read per week. Students are supported by their English teacher and the Librarian to find books, which are suitable for their reading ability and are of interest to them.
Students are provided with one devoted Literacy House time session a week, with students given the time to read both fiction and non-fiction texts within this time.
Y7 students who have not met the expected standards in Literacy in their KS2 SATs will receive additional literacy sessions to support them catching up.
Y8 students have four periods of English a week (200 minutes, or just under 4 hours).
Students use an online programme called Bedrock as homework to read fiction and non-fiction extracts, develop cultural capital and explicitly teach tier 2 vocabulary.
Y8 Literacy lessons take place for those students that chose not to complete a second foreign language as an option.
Students are provided with one devoted Literacy House time session a week, with students given the time to read both fiction and non-fiction texts within this time. The Librarian regularly visits forms to support students’ reading and selection of appropriate texts.