The West Bridgford School

Literacy

Literacy is embedded throughout school in the curriculum; in tutor time; in and around school and after school clubs. One morning a week in tutor time pupils in Year 7 and 8 have a literacy morning to promote literacy skills: activities include spelling, punctuation, grammar, countdown, scrabble, discussions and creative writing. Year 9 expand their vocabulary in tutor time through weekly participation in Wordle based activities.

A word of the week is selected to help with vocabulary; this is announced during assemblies and is also on display on screens across school, the Learning Centre and on Brightspace. The schools’ annual debate week further helps to develop oracy and vocabulary skills through engagement in tutor time with a topical issue: these discussions culminate in a debating assembly and a whole school vote.

Throughout school, there are various displays promoting reading and books; additionally, students can see what staff are reading as teachers have posters that are updated with current reading books. Year 7 have access to the E Library and are encouraged to borrow and recommend books. Some students are selected to be paired up with reading mentors from Post 16 and have the challenge of becoming reading centurions with the support of their mentor. The English department further nurture a love of reading through the reading logs that track daily reading habits. 2022 also sees the launch of our exciting WBS Lit Fest, which aims to promote an enjoyment of literature, in all its forms, across school.

If students are stuck on selecting books to read, they are invited to use the BookTrust website to help them discover a new and exciting book to read or check the 50 books to read before you turn 16 poster and 100 books to read before you leave the West Bridgford School poster. Additionally, all departments have recommended subject and Key Stage specific books that may be of interest – this list can be found on Brightspace.

Each year, literacy screenings are conducted for Year 6 and Year 9 in order to ascertain reading abilities. In addition to this information being used by teachers to ensure they give the best support across school, this also helps to determine if students need any additional tailored literacy support beyond the classroom, whilst maintaining our aim to ensure there is a broad and balanced curriculum for all students.