Why Literacy Matters
“Literacy is…the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realize his or her full potential.” (Kofi Annan)
What’s been happening at Goffs with regards to literacy?
It has been an amazing year for literacy here at Goffs with many activities being continued and some new additions being introduced.
We have continued to incorporate LRC lessons into the timetables of Year 7 and Year 8 and these lessons throughout the year have seen the use of our Accelerated Reader programme, an introduction to nineteenth century texts in order to allow students to become GCSE ready as well as little workshops with small groups of students in order to build their literacy skills.
We have also continued with having an annual literacy day for Year 7, 8 and 9. This year saw Barrie McDermid from ‘The Punctuation Show’ visit Year 7and 8 to perform to students during an interactive hour in order to build their grammar and punctuation skills in the style of a comic game show.
Year 9 also took part in a literacy day where they were taken off timetable and performed to by a rap and hip-hop artist called Valentine from the company ‘Student of Life’. The day saw the year group working in their form groups writing their own piece of rap music or spoken word about something that they feel passionate about. The day allowed them to work collaboratively as well as strengthen their written and spoken literacy skills.
New additions to this year have been ‘The Word of The Week’ and ‘The Riddle of The Week’. Every Tuesday the word of the week is announced on the tannoy system across the school by me. The words are challenging and each student has the opportunity to receive house points every time they endeavour to use the word of the week in their class or homework. This initiative allows students to broaden their vocabulary, improve their literacy skills and increase their house point value.
‘The Riddle of The Week’ is also announced on the tannoy system every Thursday and this allows students to strengthen their learning power by giving them a riddle that requires them to think ‘outside of the box’ and build their problem solving skills.
Overall, it has been a successful year for literacy here at Goffs and we look forward to another one next year!
I wish you all a fantastic summer!
Miss Sophie Everist
Whole School Literacy Coordinator