At St. Bede’s, we know that good literacy skills across the school curriculum enable pupils to communicate effectively. They allow students to become more confident in their own abilities as learners and allow each child to develop their particular skills to the highest level possible.
We recognise the importance reading has on a child’s progress in school and for their future achievements and aspirations. This is why we are dedicated to developing the reading ability of all students – regardless of their starting point. We aim to ensure that our students can not only read fluently, but can also comprehend the text in front of them as we know this is vital when unlocking their potential in all subjects. Through our reading strategies, we hope to inspire a love of reading in students which will generate a deeper schema which pupils can use to make connections in their learning as well to provide a greater understanding and use of vocabulary.
- Each department has a dedicated Literacy Link who works collaboratively with our Literacy Coordinator and drives Literacy within their department
- We prioritise termly SDS on Literacy for ongoing staff training: Bespoke SDS is offered by the Literacy Coordinator to all departments to support with reading strategies and introducing new vocabulary. This includes support and training on the teaching of extended written responses across the curriculum where the Literacy Coordinator works collaboratively with subjects to ensure the progression and development students’ extended writing.
- “St. Bede’s Actively Reads” is our shared Literacy approach for consistency, which includes:
- RID Vocabulary Strategy (Read, Identify, Define when accessing extended texts)
- VIPERS (Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explaining, Retrieval, Sequence / Summarise)
- Read Like a… (Resources & Support Criteria devised by Literacy Links)
- Departments utilise a range of reading strategies, as per the ‘St Bede’s Actively Reads’ strategy, including linking to prior knowledge, annotating and reforming the text
- Across the curriculum, students are exposed regularly to the sound of reading, through teachers reading aloud to model fluency and prosody
- Teachers in all subjects prioritise the teaching of key vocabulary
- Our Literacy Coordinator communicates with feeder schools to extend knowledge of reading journey & literacy provision at KS2 to support transition further
- Reading is embedded in department mapping of curricula: Differentiated learning is present throughout the curriculum; pupils access Literacy through the study of: Reading, Oracy & Vocabulary which is differentiated for the individual needs of each class