Literacy information

Reading, Writing and Oracy

Understanding and using language effectively are crucial life skills that empower students in their lives within and beyond school.  These skills equip students not only to pass exams, but to better understand both themselves and their world.   Being able to convey thoughts and ideas, as well as understanding the thoughts and ideas of others, is central to success. All students should be taught these skills in all subjects across the academy.  Everyone at KLA is responsible for the teaching of reading, writing and oracy.

KLA Writing

Teachers will support writing by –

  • Making clear the purpose and audience of writing.
  • Planning opportunities to discuss writing
  • Producing scaffolds to support writing
  • Withdraw scaffolds to promote independence and extension
  • Providing examples of effective writing
  • Modelling examples of effective writing
  • Provide opportunities to write for real audiences and real purposes
  • Give time for students to write in an extended way and complete writing tasks
  • Provide literacy rich environments that encourage writing
  • Encourage the use of computers to develop and enhance writing skills
  • Be aware that spelling is one important aspect of writing and should be marked in line with the academy policy. However, spelling should not overshadow other aspects of the writer’s craft.
  • Consistently following the writing process (below)

Senior Leaders will support writing by –

  • Monitoring that the academy policy is being followed
  • Providing training opportunities for all staff

Writing process – All writing at KLA follows this process

  • Brainstorm (unfiltered thinking)
  • Prioritisation and selection
  • Listing/ paragraph plan (sequencing)
  • Drafting (composition)
  • Editing (critique)
  • Drafting (composition)
  • Checking (quality Assurance)

KLA Reading

Teachers will support reading by –

  • Explicitly teaching the reading skills of skimming, scanning, intensive and extensive reading in the context of their lesson
  • Supporting students to select the appropriate reading technique for the task.
  • Offering opportunities for students to read aloud in order to develop confidence in oracy
  • Planning opportunities to discuss reading, ensuring that reading is not always silent.
  • Providing a range of texts that engage, support and challenge readers in their subjects.
  • Modelling examples of effective reading.
  • Providing extra-curricular activities that foster a love of reading such as book clubs, and the Carnegie award.
  • Give time for students to read in an extended way and complete reading tasks.
  • Provide literacy rich environments that encourage reading.
  • Encourage the use of multi-modal texts, using IT to support the reading process.

The library will support reading by –

  • Inducting all students through library lessons.
  • Prioritising AR processes in the library as an important element in reading, without stifling free choice.
  • Being a welcoming, stimulating environment that provides a diversity of texts.
  • Pro-actively recommending books, and matching texts with students.
  • Offering students the books that they want to read as well as challenging them with new reading types through vehicles such as genre of the fortnight.
  • Using technology to encourage reading through Apps and reviews.
  • Empowering students to own their library, with book recommendations, and student led events.

Senior Leaders will support writing by –

  • Monitoring that the academy policy is being followed.
  • Providing training opportunities for all staff.