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Literacy involves the ability to read and write; however, it is much more than that.  It is also the capacity of a human being to recognise, reproduce and manipulate the conventions of the range of texts and modes that our adult lives will expect us to produce.   It is about the ability to communicate effectively with our words – spoken and written – so that we can become fully functioning members of society.

The learning community at St Thomas More Language College holds the steadfast belief that literacy across the curriculum is the key to student success, whether that be academic, social or spiritual.  It enables our students to fully access the range of subjects they will study, to read for information and pleasure and to communicate effectively when writing and speaking.  Most importantly, literacy is the key to our students’ ability to project their ideal self to the world.

Here is what some public figures from the past and present say about literacy:


The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.”  (Mark Twain)


Why does everyone have to pretend to be stupid and not know long words.”  (Martin Freeman)


 “People don’t realise how a man’s whole life can be changed by one book.”  (Malcolm X)


Words are sexy.  Use them powerfully.”   (John Agard)


There is no such thing as a child who does not like to read; there are only children who have not found the right book.”  (Frank Sefarini)


We must strive for literacy and education that teach us never to quit questioning and probing at the assumptions of the day.”  (Brian McGill)



Literacy across the curriculum can be broken down into three main strands:


Students must be able to:

·      read a range of text types fluently and accurately;

·      skim and scan those texts for both literal and implied meaning;

·      consolidate information in a range of forms to suit purpose.




Students must be able to:

·      use subject-specific words precisely and spell words correctly;

·      organise sentences into paragraphs;

·      use a range of punctuation effectively;

·      write in clear, fluent and joined handwriting.



Students must be able to:

·      talk confidently in a wide range of contexts, using standard English;

·      use listening skills to question others and develop ideas;

·      take others’ views into account.



For more information about the three strands of literacy at St Thomas More Language College, please click on the link below:

Click here to view Literacy across the curriculum

Year 7 Parents - for more information about how to help your child learn at home, please click here.



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