Literacy is fundamental for academic achievement and success in life beyond the classroom. If students are not able to read, write and communicate effectively (with fluency and at an age appropriate level) they will be unable to access the rest of the curriculum. We strive to ensure that students master the relevant literacy skills: ‘The Big Four’ (Reading, Writing, Vocabulary and Spoken Language) to enable them to have successful educational outcomes across all subjects.

We believe that the driving force to unlocking the full curriculum is reading. Reading will be the master skill of the college, unlocking the academic curriculum for our learners. Through prioritising reading, children have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. As learners progress through school, they experience a gradual increase in reading skill and challenge. It is vital that at each step teachers recognise the fundamental causes of reading barriers faced by learners, while helping our learners negotiate the ever-increasing trajectory of challenge in the texts they read.

As such, the staff at St. John Bosco Arts College are committed to developing literacy skills in all of our learners, in the belief that it will support their learning and raise standards across the curriculum, because:

  • learners need vocabulary, expression and organisational control to cope with the cognitive demands of subjects
  • reading helps us to learn from sources beyond our immediate experience
  • writing helps us to sustain and order thought
  • vocabulary helps us to reflect, revise and evaluate what we do, and on what others have said, written or done
  • responding to higher order questions encourages the development of thinking skills and enquiry
  • Improving literacy and learning can have an impact on learners’ self-esteem, motivation and behaviour. It allows them to learn independently. It is empowering.

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Literacy Events Calendar

  • International Literacy Day – 8th September 2021
  • Roald Dahl Day -Monday 13th September 2021
  • Macmillan Coffee Morning - 24th September 2021
  • Black History Month - October
  • National Poetry Day -Thursday 7th October 2021
  • Remembrance Day – War Poetry – 11th November 2021
  • World Kindness day – 13th November 2021 opportunities to read and write around the acts of kindness.
  • Holocaust Memorial Day – 27th January 2022.
  • Harry Potter Night 2021 ​
  • Bosco Book Week - Monday 1st March - Friday 5th March 2022
  • World Book Day -
  • International Women’s Day – March 8th2022
  • World Book Night – 22nd April 2022
  • World Shakespeare Week - 21st to 27th March 2022.
  • World Environment Day 3rd June 2022
  • National Writing Day June 24th 2022

Whole School Book Bingo reading competition. Pupils will be encouraged to tick off the bingo card as they complete the reading of different books.

Reading clubs:

These will be running during lunchtimes:

Year 7: Monday

Year 8/9: Tuesday

Year 10/ 11: Thursday

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