LITERACY AT WOODCHURCH HIGH SCHOOL

At W oodchurch High School, our philosophy on Literacy is captured in the following quotation by George Sampson: "All teachers are teachers of English because every teacher is a teacher in English".

At Woodchurch High School, we know that developing pupils' literacy skills is essential to improving achievement across the curriculum and that is why every teacher at Woodchurch High School takes responsibility to implicitly and explicitly teach Literacy.

Our whole-school Literacy strategy involves everybody. It is a central part of our lesson planning, classroom delivery, school meeting and planning cycles, and evaluation of teaching and learning - it is at the heart of the school'.

The staff of W oodchurch High School are committed to developing the literacy skills of our pupils in the belief that it will support their learning and raise standards across the curriculum. This is because we understand that:

  • Pupils need vocabulary, expression and organisational control to cope with the cognitive demands of subjects
  • Reading helps pupils to learn from sources beyond their immediate experience
  • Writing helps pupils to sustain and order thoughts
  • Language helps pupils to reflect, revise and evaluate the things they do, and on the things that others have said, written or done
  • Responding to higher order questions encourages the development of thinking skills and enquiry
  • Improving literacy and learning can have an impact on pupils
  • self-esteem, on motivation and behaviour, allowing them to learn independently

Some of our Literacy initiatives include:

  • Cross-curricular support and Literacy INSET delivered by Miss K. Griffiths
  • A team of Literacy Ambassadors who support with the promotion of Literacy
  • SPAG books in all years to support pupils with Literacy in all subjects where they are asked to write
  • Whole school promotion of VCOP (vocabulary, connectives, openers and punctuation)
  • 6 core literacy targets which are focussed on the areas our pupils continually need to revisit
    • 1: Homophones
    • 2: Apostrophes
    • 3: Paragraphs
    • 4: Commas
    • 5: Plural endings
    • 6: Proof reading