Welcome to Bedford High School Literacy Learning Page
This site has been designed to offer support, guidance and resources to students, staff, parents, and carers. You will find lots of information to engage, enthuse and to improve literacy skills.
What is Literacy?
Literacy is the ability to read, write, speak and listen in a way that lets us communicate effectively and make sense of the world. At Bedford High School, our goal is to develop world class learners. We recognise that literacy is the essential foundation of education. We are committed to ensuring that every student at Bedford is equipped with the skills needed to take control of their destinies, fulfil their potential and thrive in a rapidly changing and unpredictable world.
Developing a love for reading is one of the most effective ways to raise attainment. It is the master skill that unlocks the academic curriculum. Confident readers achieve more highly in all subjects and this improves GCSE results.
More importantly, reading helps you to build a sense of your own identity and introduces you to new and alternative experiences. You can learn about history and other cultures and different places, real and imagined.
Research tells us that reading for pleasure is the single biggest factor in success in later life. Study after study has shown that those children who read for pleasure are the ones who are most likely to fulfil their ambitions.
If you read, you succeed -it’s that simple!
When we are experiencing unusual or unsettling times, as we are with the current Covid situation, one of the best sources of comfort or distraction is a good story we can lose ourselves in. When you’ve finished the books you have at home, you can find some brilliant free reading resources in the Lockdown Literacy Newsletters. Like what you have read? Send a review to firstname.lastname@example.org
Encourage them to engage with the reading resources shared in the newsletters.
Encourage them to write about what they read. Book reviews can be sent to Mrs Garbutt, the librarian, or Miss O’Donovan and Mrs Rooney on the literacy team.
When reading, ask them to write down any new words they learn. Encourage them to use this new vocabulary in their written work and in conversations.
Writing a journal or a diary can improve writing fluency. It can also help the to express their thoughts and feelings which is great for positive mental health, especially in these strange and challenging times.
Let them talk at length about their interests, their learning, their worries or concerns.
Start conversations about current affairs and ask them their opinions on controversial topics.
Encourage them to answer questions in full sentences using Standard English – avoiding slang.
Take note of what the ‘Word of the Week’ is for the upcoming week and encourage them to use it in their spoken language.
Our students are inspired to achieve their potential through embracing our values; To Care, To Learn, To Achieve. Working in partnership we will ensure that every student leaves Bedford with a strong sense of community and ready to be the best that they can be.
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