We read for pleasure, purpose and progress.
We aim to put literacy at the very core of learning in all subjects: the power of language is limitless. For any individual to thrive and maximise their potential, they must not only be literate, but be able to use and understand the power of language in its many guises and contexts. Developing a robust programme of literacy, which offers students a consistency of experience, a broad range of materials and challenges and places the acquisition of skills at its core, is what we must continually strive to attain and improve on. We aim to live by the principle that every day, every child, in every classroom has a positive learning experience. We wish to ensure that every opportunity to expand and enhance skills in literacy are taken, in a coherent way. A commonality of approach will be vital if we are to achieve this.
Drop Everything And Read (D.E.A.R)
Drop Everything And Read has been adopted by the academy in a bid to foster a love of reading and to demonstrate the importance it has, by dedicating curriculum time to the pursuit. D.E.A.R takes place every two weeks. At present, students can choose a book they wish to read for 50 minutes. However, from time to time, they may be directed to read a piece of fiction or non-fiction that all members of a group read at the same time.
Staff model good reading behaviours by reading a book during D.E.A.R. This can be a fiction text or can be materials related to CPD and the professional context of teaching. It can be research based and some staff choose to read on areas of interest within their teaching field – whether it is related to subject knowledge or pedagogy.