At Lord Derby Academy all teachers are teachers of literacy. As such, the staff of Lord Derby Academy are committed to developing literacy skills in all of our pupils, in the belief that it will support their learning and raise standards across the curriculum, because:
We aim to give pupils a level of literacy that will enable them to cope with the increasing demands of subjects in terms of specific skills, knowledge and understanding. This applies particularly in the area of reading (including from the screen), as texts become more demanding.
It is important that we provide for co-ordination across subjects to recognise and reinforce pupils’ language skills, through:
We will teach pupils to use language precisely and coherently. They should be able to listen to others, and to respond and build on their ideas and views constructively.
We will develop strategies to teach pupils how to participate orally in groups and in the whole class, including: using talk to develop and clarify ideas; identifying the main points to arise from a discussion; listening for a specific purpose; discussion and evaluation.
Staff training needs will be met through modules in the ‘Literacy Toolkit’ folder, which contains useful strategies such as the management of group talk and listening.
Miss L Morris: Curriculum Leader Literacy
Mrs F Fletcher: Head of English
Mr R Parr: Head of PE
Mrs L Mills: Deputy Leader PE
Mrs L Holme: Head of MFL
Mr M Kemp: Head of Humanities
Mrs B Blackmore: Head of Year, Teacher of PE
Mrs H Grisdale: Classroom Teacher, English
Miss A Barry: Responsibility in English
Miss L Crookes: Classroom Teacher, MFL
Mrs S Bannon: Classroom Teacher, Humanities
Ms K Privilege: Teaching Assistant
Evidence shows that when family members talk to their children and share books they help children to develop important literacy skills. Parents and carers are a crucial influence on what their children experience and achieve. By encouraging your child to read at home you will be supporting a vital life skill. LDA is a reading school and supports reading for pleasure.