Literacy incorporates the skills of Reading, Writing, Talking and Listening. It is delivered across the curriculum, through all subjects.
Talking & Listening:
Listen to and take part in discussions, explanations, role-plays and presentations. Contribute comments, ask questions and respond to others’ points of view. Communicate information, ideas, opinions, feelings and imaginings, using an expanding vocabulary.
BOOK BUZZ – Our Senior prefects run a weekly Book Buzz Reading Club for our Year 8+9+10 pupils.
Our pupils participate in a variety of creative writing and poetry competitions every year.
Loreto are proud to have launched Accelerated Reading in our library. The Accelerated Reading Programme commenced at the start of September 2015. The aim of the initiative is to raise literacy standards amongst our Year 8s, by motivating them to read more, suitably challenging, books. Using information generated by the AR software, we aim to help students select books that are difficult enough to keep them challenged, but not too difficult to cause frustration. The software provides an initial Reading Level, followed by data throughout the year, taken from interactive quizzes. The Literacy Co-ordinator has a team consisting of the school librarian, ICT technician, English teachers and Literacy Prefects, to the successful implementation of this programme to date. Year 8s have been tested to obtain a STAR reading level and therefore will enjoy reading books appropriate to their ‘optimal reading level zone’. Year 8s will partake in interactive quizzes to monitor their reading progress. The Accelerated Reading Programme has encouraged our Year 8 pupils to read extensively. Monthly prizes are now being awarded to a pupil from each class. An overall winner will also be chosen in June of each year.
“Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. It is a tool for daily life in modern society. It is a bulwark against poverty, and a building block of development, an essential complement to investments in roads, dams, clinics and factories. Literacy is a platform for democratization, and a vehicle for the promotion of cultural and national identity… For everyone, everywhere, literacy is, along with education in general, a basic human right…. Literacy is, finally, the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realize his or her full potential.”
― Kofi Annan