Literacy & Numeracy

St Thomas More Catholic School is committed to developing Literacy and Numeracy skills in all of our pupils, in the belief that it will support their learning and raise standards across the curriculum.  Strong literacy skills are the foundation upon which success is built; through a focus on reading, writing and discussion, we enable students to strengthen their literacy skills ready to be successful at GCSEs, further study and the world of work.

We endeavour to create a reading culture and encourage students to read widely and often. Students have reading time with their pastoral tutors and complete literacy activities during form time on a rotation with other activities, and therefore expect that students in Year 7, 8 & 9 have a reading book in their bag at all times.

Whilst there is a whole school focus on Literacy and Numeracy, which spans all subject areas and departments, there are many opportunities in school when these important skills are promoted and further supported. Here are a few examples:

  • Accelerated Reader Foundations Programme
  • Rapid Plus
  • CORE Literacy
  • Foundation Literacy
  • Everyone a Reader (EAR)
  • Reading and Creative Writing Clubs
  • Termly Reading Challenges to pupils
  • UKMT Challenges
  • Staff ‘Recommended Reads’ are shared with pupils on a fortnightly basis
  • Literacy for Adulthood
  • IDL Literacy
  • Handwriting Support
  • 4 for the Job!

In addition there are a range of strategies that we utilise to support the development of Literacy and Numeracy and enable staff and departments to target support most effectively.

  • There are whole school strategies in place for correcting student errors in spelling, punctuation and grammar.
  • Reading age data and support materials are shared with all staff.
  • Regular CPD and Research and Development groups focusing on Literacy and Numeracy
  • Literacy and Numeracy ‘Tool Box’ shared with all staff
  • Whole school writing mats
  • Debating Teams

As a school our key priorities are:

Literacy concepts across the curriculum

  • Reading: To foster a culture of reading for pleasure.
  • Writing: To ensure pupils write in an appropriate style to match their audience and purpose.
  • Speaking and Listening: To ensure all staff and pupils promote the use of standard English through interaction in full sentences.

Numeracy concepts across the curriculum

  • Numeracy: To support Mathematical Fluency
  • Numeracy: To develop Mathematical Thinking

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