“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” Gandhi (1869-1948)
The development of effective literacy skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) is fundamental to the achievement of a rich and fulfilling life. We use these skills every day in order to communicate with, and make sense of, the world around us. As such, the better we are at these skills the more successful we can expect to be in life. At Imberhorne School, we recognise that at the heart of improving literacy skills is the opportunity to practise them. Improving literacy and learning can have an impact on students’ self-esteem, motivation, behaviour and attainment. It allows them to learn independently and is empowering.
At Windmill Lane, all KS3 students participate in ‘Drop Everything And Read’ (DEAR) every day. Students accumulate sixty-six hours of reading each academic year in support of their academic development and the enjoyment of reading.
Imberhorne’s curriculum is underpinned by developing students’ abilities to speak, listen, read and write for a wide range of purposes, including using language to learn, communicate, think, explore and organise. Helping students to express themselves clearly, through development of vocabulary, both orally and in writing, enhances and enriches teaching and learning in all subjects and prepares the student for life after school.
‘It is what you read when you do not have to that determines what you will be when you cannot help it.’
Reading helps students to learn from sources beyond their immediate experience and inspires them to acquire knowledge.
- To create an environment where reading is promoted across the school.
- To provide time in school for all students to read.
- To support reading through a range of varied and appropriately differentiated reading resources.
- To promote and support reading in non-school hours.
- To implement a more robust assessment process in order to identify weakness and strength, which in turn is used to inform planning and intervention.
‘Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.’
Writing helps students to sustain and order thought.
- To provide students with a range of challenging writing tasks.
- To provide students with real audiences and creative writing outlets where possible.
- To support writing with frames or scaffolds where appropriate, and use modelling, within subjects.
- To ensure grammar, spelling and handwriting are supported in all subjects.
- To promote and support writing in non-school hours.