Literacy

The focus of the literacy hour is to close any gaps within writing that learners may have. We will work on developing key language skills and ensuring all learners have the key SPAG skills needed to progress in secondary education. Each half term will focus on a different style of writing whilst teaching learners how to punctuate, structure and vary their writing.
Literacy hour is differentiated through setting based on ability. This allows learners to access suitable work and ensure they can develop the skills suitable for them.

Term 1
Key Learning Objectives To focus on spelling, punctuation and grammar in our writing.

To gain confidence in using a wide range of punctuation.

To understand different sentence types.

To begin varying sentence structure in writing.

To plan and structure writing within paragraphs and in longer texts.

To complete a descriptive piece of extended writing.

To begin using imperatives.

To give instructions in writing.

To transition between paragraphs and recognise when to begin a new paragraph.

Key Activities / Homework Learners will complete small tasks to develop their written ability. They will complete two extended pieces of writing both a baseline assessment and a final assessment with a focus of description.

Homework set weekly based on the lesson criteria.

Assessments Baseline assessment – describe your dream/nightmare world.

 

Final assessment – description writing.

 

Baseline assessment – informative writing.

 

Final assessment – informative writing.

Suggest reading & support materials In all lessons allow for reading opportunities. Reading from the board and reading of passages to model good writing or use of different skills.

 

 

Term 2
Key Learning Objectives To focus on spelling, punctuation and grammar.

To understand and use modal verbs.

To begin using a range of connectives in writing.

To use 1st and 2nd person with confidence.

To practise addressing an audience appropriately in writing.

To develop persuasive writing skills.

To have confidence with persuasive writing devices.

To vary sentence structures to persuade.

Key Activities / Homework Learners will complete small writing tasks to develop their written ability. They will complete two extended pieces of writing both a baseline assessment and a final assessment with a focus of description.

Homework set weekly based on the lesson criteria.

Assessments Final assessment – informative writing.

 

Baseline assessment – persuasive writing.

 

Final assessment – persuasive writing.

Suggest reading & support materials In all lessons allow for reading opportunities. Reading from the board and reading of passages to model good writing or use of different skills.

 

 

Term 3
Key Learning Objectives To focus on spelling, punctuation and grammar.

To develop formal vocabulary use in writing.

To use evidence to support a viewpoint.

To sequence ideas logically in writing.

To use effective introductions and conclusions.

To revisit and revise key skills from the year.

To consolidate learning.

Key Activities / Homework Learners will complete small writing tasks to develop their written ability. They will complete two extended pieces of writing both a baseline assessment and a final assessment with a focus of description.

Homework set weekly based on the lesson criteria.

Assessments Baseline assessment – argumentative piece.

 

Final assessment – argumentative piece.

 

Final assessment – writing to either inform, advise or persuade.

 

Students to write a commentary explaining their own language choices.

Suggest reading & support materials In all lessons allow for reading opportunities. Reading from the board and reading of passages to model good writing or use of different skills.