Here at QEGS, literacy is an important focus throughout school. Being able to read, write and articulate yourselves verbally is key to understanding all subjects across the curriculum, accessing future career plans and supporting your life in general.
This is why at QEGS we have the following provision to help you develop your literacy skills:
- In years 7-9, your work will be marked against the literacy criteria (in your planners and around school) for every subject every 6 weeks and you will be awarded QEGS Progress Points for literacy. Your teacher will give you next steps targets to help you improve and meet your full potential.
- In years 10- 13, you will have written literacy feedback every 6 weeks with helpful advice in order to help you improve.
- You will notice that in lessons, every subject teacher will aim to help you improve literacy as part of their lesson. This might be supporting your writing skills or organising group work that will enhance your speaking and listening skills. You can ask any teacher how to help you improve with your literacy.
- Dictionaries and thesauri are available in every classroom in school so use them to aid your spelling and range of vocabulary.
- QEGS Presentation Standards: You can find this in your planner and on classroom walls and should ensure you meet this in your exercise books.
- Your parents have been issued with a guide to help you with your literacy at home. Work with them so they can help you be a better reader or speller for example.
- QEGS Reads- Every couple of weeks you will go into the library to take part in the QEGS Reads Challenge during form time. Year 7 will complete Reading Maps, Year 8 Bronze Biography (read 6 novels), Year 9 Silver Saga (read 6 books; novels & non-fiction) and Year 10 Golden Gazette (research based project). When you have completed your challenge you win a voucher as part of the QEGS Award Partnership, certificate and pin badge. You also get entered into a prize draw to win a reading related prize.
- Reading Buddies- Over the last 2 years, nearly 50 students have signed up to be a Parkside Reading Buddy. Perhaps this could be your year. Once a week you go to Parkside school for 30 minutes and help a primary school student to read.
- The school library is fantastically well stocked and the librarians are always happy to help recommend books. Go and see them at break, lunch or before school.