Our main literacy aims:

  • To develop a whole school approach to addressing literacy needs across the curriculum by following the National Literacy Framework for Wales
  • To enable all pupils to fulfil their potential in the skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening
  • To be able to transfer and apply these skills in order to enable them to access learning across all areas of the curriculum
  • To maintain that all staff take responsibility for the development of literacy in their subject areas through inclusion in schemes of work, lesson planning and implementation.

The Eight Reading Behaviours

Creating Systematic ReadersLiteracy

  • Improving comprehension
  • Reading is more than decoding
  • Reading is active
  • Readers must interact with the text
  • Strategies can be actively taught

There are three processes involved in becoming a reader:

  • Before reading – Activate prior knowledge and ask questions that will guide the reading. Make predictions
  • During reading – Self monitor, visualise, ask and answer questions, confirm and alter predictions, make connections
  • After reading – Summarise and evaluate.

read succedThe Eight Reading Behaviours

  • Activating Prior Knowledge
  • Self-Monitoring
  • Visualising
  • Questioning
  • Analyse and Connect
  • Analyse and Infer
  • Analyse and Evaluate
  • Analyse and Summarise

Literacy in Tutorial                                                     

Reading Reward Scheme All pupils in key stage three will read for pleasure during tutorial at least once per week. Once pupils have finished a book they can record and review it in a number of ways:

  • Stand up in class and present 10 facts about the book
  • Stand up in class and give a plot synopsis to their peers
  • Write a review: give a plot summary, strengths, weaknesses and a recommendation
  • Create a cartoon strip summarising the book they have just read
  • Write a letter to the author critiquing the book and asking any unanswered questions.

Each term, pupils are entered into a prize draw. Winners will be announced in assembly and prizes will be reading related, such as book tokens and books chosen by the pupils.


Spelling Tests All pupils in key stage three will have weekly spelling tests during tutorial. Pupils will start on either bronze, silver or gold level and can progress to platinum and diamond throughout the year. Word lists are differentiated according to age and ability and pupils can work through them independently at their own pace.


100 fiction books… 

…all students should read before leaving secondary school, as voted by teachers:

100 Fiction Books