Literacy at Enfield Grammar School has a ‘whole school approach’, with close connections to the English department. The ability to read, write, and communicate effectively is an ongoing life skill that we teach, both implicitly and explicitly, in lessons.
Across the school, all written work is literacy marked focusing on the student’s spelling, punctuation and grammar and students are expected to respond to this feedback. They are also encouraged in lessons to use their ‘Proof Reading Checklist’ to self-correct and edit their written work.
Literacy is not just about ‘SPAG’ (Spelling, Punctuation And Grammar)! It also encompasses reading, therefore, we have strong links with the Library / LRC (Learning Resource Centre). Together, we have created;
- Reading challenges for Years 7-9
- Form time reading boxes for the Lower School
- Promotion of the Head Teacher’s reading competition
- Support for the 6th Form Summer Reading Club
Key Stage 3 – students have a dedicated literacy lesson.
Year 7 students have access to an online literacy platform called Literacy Planet. This platform allows students to practise all areas of literacy, through a series of engaging levels, challenges and games. Their English teachers also have access to this in order to set specific tasks targeted at their classes and their students’ needs.
Year 8 students have these lessons transferred into the classroom to revise and consolidate their learning of key spelling, punctuation and grammar skills.
In addition, KS3 also has a dedicated library lesson, where students are able to explore the library; return and take out books using their library ID and to engage in reading discussion tasks. This lets the boys expand enjoyment of reading and promotes talking about their experiences of reading.
Key Stages 4 and 5 – During the upper Key Stages, students are encouraged to practise their literacy skills, use the library to advance their knowledge and stretch themselves in their chosen subjects.
Year 7 Reading Challenge!
Get ahead! How many of these books can you read in year 7?
- The Thief Lord – Cornelia Funke
- Goodnight Mr Tom – Michelle Magorian
- Artemis Fowl – Eoin Colfer
- Welcome to the World of Norm – Jonathon Myers
- The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman
- The Boy in Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne
- Liar & Spy – Rebecca Stead
- Bzrk – Michael Grant
- My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece – Annabel Pitcher
- The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
6th Form Book Club Challenge
Try and read as many books as you can from the image below;
At EGS, we continue to find new ways to engage the students with literacy and the library… so watch this space!
Literacy Events 2020
World Book Day (4th March 2020)
This year’s World Book Day was a great success at EGS! Lots of subjects took a lesson off timetable to spend the day reading around their subjects and building up their cultural capital through reading.
In English, classes were challenged to decide, ‘Can you judge a book by its cover?’ by looking at classical literature with ‘boring’ covers and trying to use their detective skills to work out the plots. In Geography, some classes read ‘Horrible Geography’ books and used them to widen their knowledge about volcanoes. In Food Tech, the students used recipe books to try to find and create the best burger recipe!
We also held a school wide staff dress up competition! The students loved exploring around the school sites to find the famous book characters and to expand their literary knowledge. Well done to our winners and runners up!
As part of WBD 2020, we were fortunate enough to have Adisa, a renowned poet and spoken word artist, visit the school to deliver writing workshops for a selection of Year 7-9 students. The boys thoroughly enjoyed listening to his poems, receiving guidance on their writing and performing their poems from the workshop.