Literacy at Caludon

INTRODUCTION

Literacy is all about communication – speaking, reading, writing and listening, and it’s also about vocabulary…

LITERACY IN YEAR 7

You will be developing Literacy skills in EVERY subject at Caludon including Personal Development time in the middle of the day. Literacy is not just in English – you will learn how to think, read, write and speak effectively in each subject: you will acquire new vocabulary that you can then use to be a specialist in that area. 

You will all get your own account for Bedrock Vocabulary. This is an online platform that you’ll be able to use on a phone, iPad or computer to help develop your vocabulary and help you to develop your reading skills. There will be competitions and awards throughout the year to reward your effort and progress with Bedrock. You are expected to complete two Bedrock lessons per week and you’ll be able to complete at least one in your English lessons/for English home learning.

The Library

The library is a very important space that is right in the middle of the school building. You will visit the library with your English teacher once every two weeks but of course you can visit at break times, lunchtimes and after school too.

Our library is packed full of hundreds of books. We have something for everyone! You can browse the books for yourself or ask a teacher to help you find something you will enjoy.

You’ll also be able to use BorrowBox, which is a free library app. On the app, you can choose from lots of ebooks and audiobooks.

We can’t wait to find out about the topics you are interested in and would love to hear your recommendations.

What if I find reading challenging?

Don’t worry if you find reading a challenge. Your teachers will teach new words as part of their lessons and have strategies to help you understand what you are reading. You’ll also be shown how to use an iPad to access tools to help you, such as reading words aloud. If you are finding something difficult, let your teacher or tutor know.

What about speaking and listening?

How we communicate and the words we choose to say are powerful. We’d like you to try to speak in full sentences if you are answering a question in class and of course always expect you to be respectful and polite. One of the things that sometimes worries people when they first start at secondary school is knowing how to talk to new people, so here are a 5 top tips.

  1. Try to smile!
  2. Ask questions. Start a conversation with a new person by asking questions (e.g. What is your name? Which tutor group are you in? How are you feeling about starting here? What are you most looking forward to?)
  3. Show you are listening by asking follow up questions (e.g. Why are you most looking forward to History?) and repeating back what you have heard (e.g. OK, you’re looking forward to History)
  4. Now give some information about yourself (e.g. I’m looking forward to History too because I really liked our Romans topic at primary school)
  5. Tell the person that it was nice to meet and talk to them.