Literacy is about developing the skills, and enjoyment, of reading!
In this subject, students are introduced to a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts; focusing on a variety of topics throughout each term.
Within their first two weeks, students have the opportunity to practice key reading skills using short snippets from a variety of smaller fiction and non-fiction texts.
Students then move on to studying larger texts which link both historical and modern essential reading, including (in recognition of Black History) To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) and The Hate U Give (2018). Students progress onto gothic fiction, exploring texts such as: Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Frankenstein and The Island of Dr. Moreau; focusing on the key themes and ideas presented by each writer.
As the year progresses, students are introduced to the work of Shakespeare and, from there, progress onto poetry – exploring language and structure.
During our final term, there is a focus on modern plays and also dystopian fiction, looking at texts such as Blood Brothers and Lord of the Flies.
Students are taught vital reading skills and strategies to support their understanding of texts and the social, historical and cultural context in which each piece of literature was written. Students explore how the language, form and structure of a text links to the writer’s ideas, themes and setting. Students are encouraged to respond to texts critically and imaginatively – selecting relevant quotes from the text to support their views/ideas.
Following the reading aspect of the English curriculum, Literacy is a core subject that supports students on their journey towards GCSE.
Assessment and Feedback
Student comprehension and inference skills are assessed when they arrive by taking a reading baseline assessment.
Students are assessed through a combination of work they have completed in class and also classroom-based tests (assessments) at the end of each topic.
Relevance of Subject to Everyday Life
Developing confident reading and literacy skills is a key part of life. Reading for fun and reading with confidence is both personally and culturally enriching.
As reading is ingrained in our daily lives, Students are encouraged to adopt a positive attitude towards reading and develop an understanding of language and also the world around them through the texts they study. English proficiency links to many career pathways such as in media and journalism, teaching (UK or abroad), advertising and marketing and even law.