Skip to content ↓

literacy and oracy

Literacy and Oracy are essential life skills as they allow us to communicate effectively with others.  At Woodlands School we are passionate about literacy and oracy and we promote these skills in all lessons and in form time.  Our Literacy across the Curriculum Lead is Mrs Handford, who organises all related key events and opportunities.

We have DEAR time - Drop Everything and Read - each week, where pupils in Years 7 and 8 read for enjoyment for a timetabled 20 minute session within their lessons.  From September 2022 this will be extended to include Year 9 as we are keen to foster a love of reading and to promote reading for enjoyment.

Form time resources are carefully created to allow pupils the opportunity to develop their literacy and oracy skills. Years 7 and 8 spend time reading and discussing a book together in form time as well as taking part in interactive events such as spelling bees and a daily Wordle competition.  Years 9 and 10 also take part in the daily Wordle competition but in addition also read about current affairs and then debate themes linked to the article.

In addition to this there are events to improve the literacy and oracy of our pupils.  Events in the Summer term of 2022 have included: a published author visiting and presenting to Year 9,  Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge workshop for some Year 10 pupils, pop-up bookshops available at parents' and induction evenings and a sponsored read.

If you would like any further information please do not hesitate to contact me via email on