“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
-Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!
Literacy is a fundamental human right, the foundation for lifelong learning. Having a secure level of literacy transforms lives, from improving health and relationships as well as academic success.
At Chertsey High School, we believe that literacy should be at the heart of the curriculum and it is taught across all subject areas. From our daily Reader/Listener scheme, to the annual ‘Readathon’, reading, writing and speaking and listening are integral parts of school life.
We believe that the ability to read, to write and to speak with confidence and fluency is the key to future success. Each member of staff is a passionate advocate of language and learning. Our lessons are built on the premise that all students will have the opportunity to develop their comprehension and vocabulary, to write extended pieces of work and to learn the convention and art of debate.
We believe that promoting literacy is a whole school responsibility and not just that of the English department.
Students who read for pleasure are likely to do better in all subject areas – improving their success rates in Maths, for example, by 10%. Reading improves students’ ability to take on new information and concepts across the curriculum. There is also a significant correlation between improved vocabulary and success in Science, for example. Ultimately, through a consistent, whole school approach and explicit teaching of literacy skills out aim is to give students the tools, confidence and inspiration to achieve their best.
We strongly encourage students to participate in activities that develop their speaking and listening skills. At Chertsey High, there are opportunities across the school year to speak practise the key skill of speaking in public, including during assemblies, at parent events and in formal competitions with external organisations.
At Chertsey High, lessons are designed to support all learners, regardless of prior experience with the English Language. We recognise that some students will need additional support in school to access the curriculum. We invest in staff and resources to allow students to have intensive language tuition if necessary.
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