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Reading & Literacy

Whole school literacy lead:

Famous Quote

Literacy is the most basic currency of the knowledge economyBarack Obama

 

Literacy should be inclusive and highly evident, permeating all subjects across Cove so that it is an integral part of the quality of education for all Cove students. Literacy is embedded in all curriculum areas to strengthen students’ ability to access the key skills that are required to be successful in all parts of life. – The Cove School Literacy Vision

 

Literacy purpose and structure at Cove

Literacy skills are essential for students’ success in education and beyond. Literacy is an integral part of every day and every subject at Cove. We aim to develop students’ literacy by building on their KS2 literacy skills feeding into the necessary KS4 literacy skills needed for all GCSE subjects. At Cove, literacy is divided into the strands reading, vocabulary, writing, speaking and listening. Each strand is actively planned for in all subjects ensuring optimal student progress in literacy. Subjects use bespoke literacy mats in lessons and a consistent literacy marking code to support students’ literacy consistently across the school.

KS3 Literacy overview

Year

Assessment

Curriculum

Tutor time

Homework

Year 7

Accelerated Reader and STAR reading age assessment (3 annually)

Skills lesson

 

Literacy mats for all writing subjects focusing on key words, vocabulary and writing structures

 

Vocabulary booklets across all subjects

Literacy booklets in tutor time focusing on KS2 spellings

 

Independent reading for pleasure in tutor time using Accelerated Reader

Independent daily reading homework (20 min daily) using the Accelerated Reader book

 

Reading Journal homework linked to the Accelerated Reader book

Year 8

Accelerated Reader and STAR reading age assessment (3 annually)

Accelerated Reader lesson

 

Literacy mats for all writing subjects focusing on key words, vocabulary and writing structures

Literacy booklets in tutor time focusing on KS3 spellings

Independent daily reading homework (20 min daily) using the Accelerated Reader book

Year 9

Accelerated Reader and STAR reading age assessment (3 annually)

Accelerated Reader lesson

 

Literacy mats for all writing subjects focusing on key words, vocabulary and writing structures

Literacy booklets in tutor time focusing on KS3 spellings

Independent daily reading homework (20 min daily) using the Accelerated Reader book

Y10

Regular literacy marking

Cross-curricular literacy planning

Whole school writing frames

Curriculum areas regularly encourage reading for knowledge and pleasure

Whole school literacy marking

Regular reading

Reading for information across all subjects

Y11

Regular literacy marking

Cross-curricular literacy planning

Whole school writing frames

Curriculum areas regularly encourage reading for knowledge and pleasure

Whole school literacy marking

Regular reading

Reading for information across all subjects

 

 

Extra Curricular activities/clubs:

The Cove Times/Newspaper club – Students publish their own newspaper

Creative writing club – Students write creatively and transactional for a variety of purposes and audiences

Book club – Regular discussions around books

 

Key websites for Literacy learning at home

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/

https://readingagency.org.uk/

https://www.arbookfind.co.uk/

https://www.booktrust.org.uk/