“Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. It is a tool for daily life in modern society . . . For everyone, everywhere, literacy is, along with education in general, a basic human right…. Literacy is the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realise his or her full potential.” Kofi Annan
Here at Wilmington Academy, we believe strongly in the importance of literacy. Our mission is to see every student graduate with the ability to be literate in reading, writing, speaking and listening. Our policy covers five key areas:
- Every student can become an engaged and able capable reader.
- Every student can become an ABLE writer.
- Every student can become a phonetic speller.
- Every student can become an articulate speaker.
- All students can overcome barriers to literacy.
We address these key skills and goals through a variety of programmes and initiatives. This has helped our students achieve great success in improving their literacy skills.
Units of Sound
As the Fresh Start Programme is only available to Year 7 students, Units of Sound was introduced in September 2012 to provide students in Year 8 to Post-16 with the opportunity to develop their Reading and Spelling through phonics, while also developing their ability to learn independently.
Tutor Time Literacy
Throughout the Year, the Academy tutor time programme includes opportunities to develop student literacy.
There is a termly Spelling Bee where students across the academy have tutor time competitions to see who is the strongest speller in their tutor group. This student then goes on to compete in either the Apollo or Minerva Spelling Bee finals, held in the LRC.
There is also an annual Readathon competition, where all students and staff read as many books as they can in a two week period. Each page they read is worth a certain number of points and these points are added up to a group score at the end of the competition. The tutor group with the most points wins a prize to put towards an activity of their choice.
“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” Philip Pullman