Literacy Across the Curriculum
The importance of literacy across the curriculum:
At Hamilton Academy we believe that promoting high standards of literacy is fundamental to raising the achievement of all students. It is a tool for success in school life beyond the curriculum and in wider society and is an integral part of all lessons across Hamilton.
What is literacy?
Literacy is the ability to read, write and speak to a high standard and as well as the ability to question and think in a complex and articulate way. Literate people are able to understand a wide range of written information and are able to communicate with others in a fluent and confident way, either in written or verbal forms.
Literacy opens up opportunities. It allows young people to engage with ideas and to participate in debate; it ensures that students feel confident and capable in a range of environments and scenarios. A high standard of literacy also allows young people to become more empathetic towards others and assess their own emotions more accurately.
What support will my child get to improve their literacy?
Lessons across the curriculum encourage students to develop speaking, reading, writing and questioning skills; teachers ensure the development of these skills across the ability range. Teachers actively promote a 'reading culture' by encouraging students to explore texts in lessons and to read widely outside of curriculum time.
Students are taught to appreciate the idea that different subjects have their own writing style and subject-specific terminology and are, therefore, encouraged to adopt different types of literacy throughout their day. As well as this, our school actively teaches students to think, speak, read and write like historians, geographers, scientists, thespians, musicians, critics, writers, and mathematicians.
Along with staff professional development opportunities, the following are in place to uphold our literacy ethos: