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.
At the start of each LRC lesson, students are encouraged to read a challenging text of their choice; teachers interact with the students, listen to them read and engage in discussions about each students' chosen text.
During the first term 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 learning the necessary skills required for speech writing, therefore improving their oracy and preparing them for the GCSE Spoken Language unit. Students write a speech on their chosen topic and deliver it as part of the Whole School Public Speaking competition.
The final term is spent reading a whole class fiction or non-fiction text, aiding the development of vocabulary and reading for inference.
Miss Eleanor Wakeling and Mrs Gemma Hawkridge
Whole School Literacy Coordinators
Each week or fortnight (depending on whether students are in Year 7 or Year 8) students are required to read for a minimum of one hour and write a brief reading log in the back of their Literacy books as part of their home learning.
The reading log needs to include the following:
- Book title
- Brief explanation of what happened in the text
- Parent signature
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!
Each year we have the pleasure of hosting an author who delivers assemblies and creative workshops for students in KS3 and/or KS4. As well as inspiring Goffs’ students and creating a buzz around books, author visits help students develop their writing and oracy skills.
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.