Literacy is not only about reading and writing it is also about using your imagination, vocabulary and knowledge. If you look up the definition of literacy on the free dictionary you will find it says 1. The condition or quality of being literate, especially the ability to read and write. 2. The condition or quality of being knowledgeable in a particular subject or field. So when we talk about literacy do we actually mean English? In this case yes we do, but this is not always the case.
According to the School the aims of literacy are:
• To raise students expectations of achievement and therefore raise standards.
• To develop students confidence and self-expression and therefore self-esteem.
• To develop a shared understanding between staff of the role of language in students learning.
• To support students and in all subjects by helping teachers be clear about the ways in which they work develops students communication skills.
I don’t disagree with what the School have outlined in their literacy policy to be the aims, however I do believe that the aims of literacy should be dependent on the student and not general aims.
I think the aim of literacy is to teach children/young people the ability to understand the English language both verbally and non-verbally. Children/young people should be encouraged to explore the way the English language works for example through phonics for vocabulary, reading, writing and spelling, this will help children and young people to have the knowledge to be able to read, write and spell with confidence. Children and young people will be able to expand their vocabulary through holding literacy skills.
Being a secondary school the school has an English department that teaches literacy to student from year 7 (key stage 3) through to year 13 (A level), students have 3 hours of English a week up to the end of their GSCS’s, A level English students would have 5 hours a week. We also have core studies, which are run by HLTA...