Literacy Co-ordinator : Mr Sharrock
Literacy at Saint Pauls
At Saint Paul’s High School we firmly believe that literacy is an essential skill to enable students to read and write as experts in every subject across the curriculum. These skills are vital to make sense of the world around us. As such, the better we are at these skills the more successful we can expect to be in life. We all recognise that improving literacy can have an impact on students’ self-esteem, motivation, behaviour and attainment.
We believe that reading, and particularly reading for pleasure, has a direct impact on cognitive and social communicative development. It has been shown to improve health and wellbeing, as well as improving compassion and empathy for others. Our aim is to develop each student’s potential to the point where they are reading at, or above, their chronological age.
We continue to work hard to improve literacy at St Paul’s with a renewed focus around establishing a reading culture across the curriculum. Accelerated Reader continues to provide a clear framework within which students are supported in developing effective reading habits, and throughout lockdown all of our students will have access to myON, an online library which gives students access to over 6000 books including fiction, non-fiction, and graphic novels.
myON works in harmony with Accelerated Reader allowing all of our KS3 students to continue to read and quiz as usual. We look forward to building on last year’s successes where several students managed to read over a million words each. There will be form competitions with prizes for students who read the most words and those who make the most progress.
In addition to this, all of our students will have access to The Day, a daily newsletter for parents and guardians to read at home with children, helping to enrich learning with real-life knowledge and skills. Students will have the opportunity to read some high quality journalism, allowing them to make their own connections between the academic syllabus and the thrilling and challenging arena that awaits them beyond school.
At Saint Paul’s High School we are committed to empowering students by widening their vocabulary. We understand the impact that vocabulary has on quality of work, progress, and the ability to express ideas and concepts. Each subject has published knowledge organisers with vocabulary list that allow students to speak and write as experts. Vocabulary will continue to be tested through low-stakes quizzing in lessons and vocabulary tasks will continue to be set frequently for homework.
During lockdown, all students will continue to be given a Word of the Week alongside vocabulary retrieval activities. We look forward to seeing students using their new vocabulary in all subject areas, showcasing new vocabulary in their written work, and developing confidence with new vocabulary in speaking tasks. Remember to keep using your vocabulary books!