At Christ the King Catholic Voluntary Academy, literacy is an important element of every subject that our students study. Our literacy policy states:
“We will challenge each other to set and achieve the highest goals in academic subjects and personal development”
Christ the King Catholic Voluntary Academy Mission Statement
Literacy underpins the whole school curriculum by developing students’ abilities to speak, listen, communicate, think, explore and organise. We firmly believe that all teachers are teachers of literacy. As such, the staff at Christ the King are committed to developing literacy skills in all pupils.
Our school recognises that:-
- improving literacy can have a positive impact on students’ self-esteem, motivation and behaviour. It allows them to learn independently. It is empowering, opening up personal pathways to success, central to personal expression and active participation in society, the economy and culture
- students need vocabulary, expression and organisational control to cope with the cognitive demands of different subjects within the curriculum
- reading helps students learn from sources beyond their immediate experience
- writing helps students to sustain and order their thoughts
- language helps students to reflect, revise and evaluate in both written and spoken word
- responding to higher order questions encourages the development of thinking skills and enquiry
Aims of this guide:
In the guide outlined below, you will find an outline of the key areas of literacy at Christ the King, as well as a number of suggestions about how you can support your child during their time with us. There are also some useful resources that we use in school that can help your child to check their literacy in their homework. These are in the form of our Literacy Mat and Guidelines for Presentation. Finally, there are some key words for the subjects your child will study in Year 7, and you can use the spelling advice page to support your child in practising the spelling of these words at home.