Here at Kingsway we believe that there are some skills which are absolutely vital in ensuring every student can enjoy success at school and beyond. Once a year, for the last four years, we have run an increasingly successful literacy intervention programme for selected groups of year 7 students. This year the programme is back, bigger and better than ever before.
Developing a strong literacy base is essential to students being able to access the curriculum across the school. The intervention programme is one of a growing number of ways in which we provide additional support for our students, ensuring they have the best possible educational opportunities. The programme is carefully tailored to the needs of the students taking part and a fantastic range of resources are employed to keep students engaged.
The initial, week-long intervention is exciting and intensive and students are given the opportunity to improve their reading, writing, and oral literacy skills, as well as building confidence and resilience. Last week, students took part in a variety of reading, writing, physical activities and games, which helped solidify understanding and use of basic grammar, punctuation and spelling, as well as inspiring the imaginations of our students, helping them access English in a fun and alternative way.
Following the success of their involvement last year, students also had the opportunity to take part in creative literacy workshops run by As Creative, a creative education company based in Liverpool. They played a variety of games and were presented with a complex mystery to solve using their inference and deduction skills; by the end of the day we had a roomful of Sherlock Holmes! They also had to fathom out ‘Who sank the ship?’ in Shakespeare’s Tempest and created some brilliant cinquain poetry from their findings.
The week saw all those who participated making fantastic progress and was enjoyed massively by all involved, including the staff! We celebrated the students’ efforts and successes at the end of the week by inviting parents to come in and enjoy a bite to eat whilst perusing the week’s work. The students were presented with certificates and a brand new book to take home, as well as some other goodies to reward their hard work and contributions to the week.
Feedback from the week has been overwhelmingly positive from students, staff and parents alike and we hope to continue running equally successful programmes in the future. A huge thank you to everyone involved for making it another brilliant week.
This year, the programme doesn’t end here: we’re thrilled that the 2017/18 academic year sees the continued success of this programme growing into something new. In addition to the initial literacy week, there will be follow up weeks in both the spring and summer terms, with this year’s students being the first to enjoy an extended programme of events.