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Literacy is a vital part of life at Kingswood Academy. Communication is vital in developing students to become engaged and active citizens in the world. The ability to read, write and speak fluently is key to enabling students to perform in their GCSE examinations at the highest level, but it will also allow them to compete in the world of work.  Whilst every lesson at Kingswood Academy centres around developing the spoken and written skills of students, and teachers mark consistently to develop spelling, grammar and punctuation errors in all work, there are a range of schemes designed to explicitly improve literacy skills.

The Home Reading Scheme.

The Home Reading Scheme has been created to ensure that all students in Year 7 and Year 8 have access to reading books at home. Students have the freedom to select a book they are interested in and can take it home to read. Alongside this, students have a reading journal where they can select from a range of activities to complete and develop their understanding of the book they are reading. The Home Reading Scheme is intended on enabling students to have access to a range of texts and to develop a love of reading.

Class Readers.

All students in Year 7 and Year 8 will also read a classic novel with their teacher in one reading lesson per week. This is aimed to allow students access to a range of Literature and to develop their vocabulary and comprehension skills – as well as enjoying the book! Currently students read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy; Lord of the Flies and Swallows and Amazons.


Speaking and discussion underpins all lessons at Kingswood Academy. We believe it is important that students are confident at speaking to a range of people and are able to articulate their opinions successfully. Therefore students from Year 7 to Year 10 have explicit lessons each week where they debate, discuss, present and question topics ranging from first aid to animal rights and even to Love Island! As an Academy, we also deliver Votes for Schools – a package that encourages students to debate and discuss current affairs in order to develop well-rounded individuals.

Where students might lack confidence reading, there are a variety of interventions from Year 7 to Year 11 – including Reading Impact lessons, small group interventions and Speed Reading- to ensure that all students, no matter their starting point- are confident and ready to sit their exams in Year 11.


Senior Leader - Literacy

Miss. C. Walker

01482 879967