Philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein declared ‘The limits of my language are the limits of my world.’ As educators, it is our duty to instil in young people the belief that the limits of their learning are boundless.
At Acle Academy, literacy acts as a fundamental building block to successful learning in all subject areas. Pupils that can develop strong literacy skills find accessing both simple and more challenging tasks to be a much more straightforward process.
Building a core of transferable skills in reading, comprehension and practical use of the English language means that pupils are able to more confidently and competently understand the content they are faced with across the curriculum, as well as helping them access tasks outside the classroom. With strong literacy skills, students become more independent learners and can more readily adapt to life beyond high school.
More specifically, here at Acle Academy, we are focused on improving literacy by:
Making literacy livelier – During form time there are fun literacy challenges, focusing on one specific element of literacy at a time, from basic skills to more sophisticated expertise. Their progress during these challenges is tracked and collated in their own personal literacy folder.
Providing specific and targeted intervention – For those where progress in literacy needs a boost, we have dedicated members of staff that meet regularly and support small target groups of pupils from years 7-11.
Making literacy part of our community – We are in the process of setting up a ‘Peer Readers Group’, where pupils in Key Stage 4 will spend time listening to younger pupils in Key Stage 3 read aloud. This helps build confidence in literacy and reinforces Acle Academy’s proud ethos of being a community as well as a place of learning.
Mrs Charlotte Halls
Lead Practitioner of Literacy
Acle Academy, South Walsham Road, Acle, Norwich, NR13 3ER.
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