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New Role for Students in Literacy

posted 17 Jul 2014, 08:54 by Web Admin   [ updated 17 Jul 2014, 08:55 ]

Within English lessons, we want students to develop a love of reading, to be able to write with confidence and clarity, and to be able to talk freely and expressively.  We also, however, need our students to be able to write and respond to a variety of texts and contexts, and we very much believe that the English department underpins success elsewhere in the curriculum.  Therefore, in the first three years we place a lot of importance on embedding spelling, punctuation and grammar, as well as requiring our students to become critical readers. 

Students at Felixstowe Academy follow the Cambridge Secondary course, in association with the University of Cambridge, in preparation for IGCSEs in both Literature and Language.  The course is very thorough in its application and embedding of English skills, through a wide range of both traditionally English and international texts.  In addition, in Year 7 and 8, we encourage reading for pleasure in a number of ways: through the full participation in Accelerated Reader; through DEAR time (Drop Everything and Read) in both random lessons and tutor time; through designated class readers and through clubs, both after school and during lunch.  

Students can also join our ‘Literacy Leaders’ group, who work during tutor time to support initiatives around the Academy.  We believe that it is through the students that we can best raise the profile of the importance of literacy skills. 

Year 9 students, Tilly Hunwicke, Holly Gallant, Amy Barrell, Phoebe Newton-Wright, Jessica Monk, Kerenza Oswald and Connie Ver-Haest are really pleased to be part of this group saying ‘To be a literacy leader, we think it helps people to become confident in English lessons and be able to communicate effectively with others.  We also think that we can help people to become enthusiastic and positive about reading, writing and speaking. We feel happy that we can make a difference to other peoples outlook on English lessons.’