At Silverdale School, we want students to:
- become avid readers, powerful speakers, articulate writers and sensitive listeners.
To enable students to achieve this goal, we:
- evaluate and maintain the quality of the teaching of Literacy across the school
- create and maintain ‘Literacy-Rich’ learning environments across the school.
Across the three ‘strands’ of Literacy, students experience and participate in many of the following:
- For pleasure – own time to enjoy reading (English and tutor time).
- DARTS (skimming and scanning, sequencing, cloze, prediction) used across all subjects.
- Reading ages.
- Reading competitions.
- Reading groups.
- Learning resource centre.
- Paired reading – Year 7 and Year 12.
- DIRT time (Directed Improvement and Reflection Time).
- Handwriting workshops.
- Small writing groups.
- Writing competitions.
- Connectives mats.
- Keywords lists.
- Assemblies on transferring skills.
- Planner pages (spelling, punctuation and grammar) to improve quality of written communication.
- Socratic seminars and dialogic teaching.
- Collaborative learning (Kagan).
- Poetry aloud.
- Rehearse, read aloud, role-play, language for discussion.
All students across the school benefit from a consistent, rigorous and persistent approach to Literacy in every lesson, every day across every subject.