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Literacy

The key to success in all subjects!

The key to literacy is to enjoy reading. Here at Fearns we strive to promote reading by encouraging pupils to read for pleasure. Literacy development through reading will help pupils to achieve a deeper understanding of texts, which is essential for their success in all subjects.  A greater understanding of language helps to develop fluency and comprehension. These skills are important for success both at school and in later life.

Key Stage 3

We have recently introduced the Accelerated Reader scheme. This is designed to encourage pupils to read for enjoyment and therefore improve their literacy skills over time. Pupils are steered towards books of appropriate interest and difficulty level . After reading  each book, they take a short quiz to test their comprehension. Using this scheme in school will enable us to provide both support and challenge for all pupils according to their needs.

In Years 7 and 8 pupils have literacy lessons where they will read as part of the Accelerated Reader scheme. There will also be some English lessons dedicated to this.

At KS3, pupils also take part in literacy activities during Form time both in the morning and as part of the Wednesday afternoon timetable.

Year 9 pupils have the opportunity to apply to become literacy leaders. Literacy leaders work closely with the literacy coordinator throughout the year to promote literacy in school. They take part in activities such as the BBC School News Report Day and also produce the school magazine Fearns Chat.

Key Stage 4

At KS4, pupils are still encouraged to read for pleasure and time is allocated for literacy activities inFforms. The focus is on developing their literacy skills to equip students with the knowledge they will need to enable them to make successful college applications.

Enrichment

Our school library is available for all pupils; whether they want to use it as a quiet place to study or to come to browse the books on offer.

Literacy activities and trips take place during the year, such as for World Book Day and the Blackpool Zoo trip for Year 7s.

Literacy Coordinator

Mrs. E Haworth