Falinge Park High School

Opening Doors; Unlocking Potential

Literacy Across the Curriculum

Falinge Park High School is committed to raising the literacy standards of all students, so that they develop the skills required to cope confidently in all areas of the curriculum and to help them meet the demands of further education, employment and adult life.

We aim to

  • encourage and promote literacy across all areas of the school in order to raise standards and levels of attainment in all subjects;
  • ensure that all student leave school as fluent and competent readers;
  • ensure that all students can communicate effectively through a variety of spoken and written forms;
  • equip students with the literacy skills needed for the world beyond Secondary School.


What is Literacy?

Literacy involves the communication skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. There are also new forms of literacy, including the ability to locate, evaluate, use and communicate using a wide range of technologies including electronic text, visual, audio and video sources.

We are committed to valuing and promoting pupils’ literacies in languages other than English as we recognise that there are cognitive advantages in being bilingual and that competence in first language literacy supports the development of literacy skills in English.

The communication skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening are important in every subject.  Each subject has its own literacy demands with subject specific vocabulary, content, concepts and skills.  Key literacy skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening are taught primarily in English lessons, however these skills are reinforced and applied with accuracy across other subjects.

In doing so, our students understand the need for clear communication in all its modes: reading, writing and speaking and listening. They strive to be clearly understood and have a clear understanding, through expert teaching of what the differing demands of clear communication looks like in all subjects across the curriculum. Students work collaboratively, using talk to support learning in a range of activities and for a range of purposes. Teachers plan for opportunities for students to practise the literacy skills needed for their subject. If literacy skills are a barrier to success in subjects across the curriculum, the teacher has identified ways to explicitly develop students’ literacy skills, and this is reflected in schemes of work and lesson plans.

  • In speaking, students learn to speak articulately in a range of contexts and for different purposes, encouraged to use correct Standard English when appropriate;
  • In listening, students learn how to actively listen to others and respond and build upon their views constructively;
  • In reading, students learn strategies to help them actively read with understanding, to locate and use information, to follow a process or argument,  to infer, analyse, and synthesise;
  • In writing, students learn the correct spelling, punctuation and follow grammatical conventions.  They learn to organise their writing in logical and coherent forms, using language effectively to suit the purpose, form  and audience;
  • Students learn the technical and specialised vocabulary of subjects and how to use the words.