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Subject statement

At Burnside Secondary School we believe that a quality literacy intervention programme should develop children’s love of reading, writing and discussion. We aim to promote a positive attitude to literacy and engender a life-long love of language and communication by learning about literacy skills through quality text and books that interest, inspire and excite readers. We want our students to read easily, fluently and with good comprehension. We aim to develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information.

We want to inspire our children to be confident in the art of speaking and listening, using discussion in order to learn and being able to elaborate and explain their understanding and ideas clearly, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate. We want to ensure that all pupils acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and a knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language.
We believe that a secure basis in literacy skills will give our students the tools they need to participate fully as a member of society and enable them to learn and develop their knowledge and skills to their highest potential.

Course Outline

Reading comprehension card work that is age/ability appropriate will start off the year, also a selection of spelling, anagram and crossword worksheets to promote word recognition. As students gain more skills and confidence we will progress to more complicated tasks such as letter writing and writing for purpose. The AQA Unit Awards will be an integral part of this class as they are a useful tool for motivation and confidence building.

Class 1 / Class 2 / Class 3

Autumn 1

Reading and Writing Comprehension

Spellings, Anagrams and Crosswords

Autumn 2

Letter Writing

Spellings, Anagrams and Crosswords

Spring 1

Writing to Persuade

Spellings, Anagrams and Crosswords

Spring 2

Creative Writing and Discussion Work

Spellings, Anagrams and Crosswords

Summer 1

Leaflets and Posters

Spellings, Anagrams and Crosswords

Summer 2

Writing a Newsletter

Spellings, Anagrams and Crosswords

Assessment and feedback
  • Students are assessed at the end of every half term and certificates gained will be presented to students this will show progress is being made.
  •  Students will be given the opportunity for one to one feedback with the teacher.
  • Students will also be given the opportunity to reflect upon what they have learned in class at the end of the lesson and what they think went particularly well.
  • AQA Unit Awards will show progression and be a measurable way of showing the level of progress each student’ makes.
How parents/carers can help
  1. Encouraging your child to read outside the school environment will help them broaden their spelling and vocabulary, increase their reading comprehension and improve their social skills.
  2. Joining and visiting a library together can instil a love of reading and books.
  3. Talk about topical subjects during social settings e.g. Dinner times this will model good conversation skills and broaden your child’s knowledge.
Links to online resources:
Point of Contact:
Wendy Kelly: