“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
– Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!
Literacy is a fundamental human right, the foundation for lifelong learning. Having a secure level of literacy transforms lives, from improving health and relationships as well as academic success.
At Angmering, we believe that literacy should be at the heart of the curriculum and it is taught across all subject areas. From daily reading for pleasure in DEAR time, to the annual ‘Spellathon’ and SALAD days (Speaking And Listening Activity Days), reading, writing and speaking and listening are integral parts of school life.
Students who read for pleasure are likely to do better in all subject areas – improving their success rates in maths, for example, by 10%. Reading improves students’ ability to take on new information and concepts across the curriculum. There is also a significant correlation between improved vocabulary and success in Science, for example. Through teaching explicit speaking and listening skills, our students become confident and articulate.
OFSTED commented in their latest inspection report (Feb 2017) : “The daily ‘Drop everything and read’ activity after morning break is making a real difference to pupils’ reading skills. In addition, the peer paired reading scheme, where Year 9 pupils mentor Year 7 pupils, is embedded and making a difference to those pupils who struggle with reading. As one pupil said, ‘Without my Year 9 pupil I would not be reading this well, he really pushes me.’”
Through a consistent, whole school approach and explicit teaching of literacy skills our aim is to give students the tools, confidence and inspiration to achieve their best.