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)
Whole School Literacy
A significant emphasis is placed on developing literacy skills across the curriculum here at Goffs.
Year 7 students have one literacy lesson a week in the LRC and Year 8 students have one a fortnight. Each term students are given different schemes of work based around the concept of independent reading resulting in an increased level of vocabulary, improved understanding of language and writers’ craft, as well as an opportunity to improve their oracy skills.
During the first term students are encouraged to read a challenging text of their choice and subsequently work through a range of activities designed to promote independent learning. Top set students complete the BBC 2 500 word story challenge, resulting in the creation of a short story which is then entered into a national competition.
The second term involves students reading a whole class 19thcentury text (or in the style of) to aid their preparation towards GCSE texts.
The final term is spent conducting non-fiction research using the texts available in the LRC to create a magazine on a chosen topic. Students will use research skills to create an informative magazine which they will peer assess and present to the class at the end of term.
Miss Eleanor Wakeling and Mrs Gemma Hawkridge
Whole School Literacy Coordinators
During the course of the year we run a number of extra-curricular activities such as:
Rise and Read
Rise and Read mornings are aimed at encouraging parents and predominately boys in their love for reading via paired reading activities and access to LRC resources.
Goffs’ Good Reads
Students are given a selection of books from the Carnegie shortlist and read in mini groups discussing the book of their choice each month. This encourages students to read a variety of genres beyond their comfort zone.
Students are invited to join the Goffs’ public speaking team and compete against other schools in Hertfordshire at the annual Mayor’s Debate.
World Book Day
Teachers dressing up, all KS3 English lessons tailored to develop a love for reading and adapted to help develop creative writing skills - plus a range of competitions and activities set up in the LRC during lunch and break times.
World Poetry Day
As a part of our celebration KS3 classes get a refreshing revamp and are all tailored to reading and writing poems in recognition of World Poetry Day!
We have had the pleasure of hosting author, Non Pratt here at Goffs, whereby Non gave a special assembly to years 7 and 8 and conducted creative writing workshops. We are in contact with Non and hope to invite her back to Goffs for repeat events aiming to promote reading and writing across the school.
The whole school spelling bee invites students to participate in a number of spelling tests resulting in winners battling it out against finalists from their year groups in the Goffs’ annual spelling bee.
Whole School Public Speaking
Students from years 7-10 take part in public speaking competitions during English lessons. The finalists are then put through to the whole school public speaking competition where an overall winner is crowned to win £100 amazon voucher.