The quality of students’ written and spoken communication and an ability to read is key to success within school and beyond. At Regents Park Community College, all subject areas take responsibility for the development of reading, writing and speaking and listening. It is an expectation that students’ literacy will be a focus, regardless of the topic or curriculum area. Students can expect to produce extended writing in most subjects, with teachers giving guidance on how to do this successfully and often in a way that is subject specific, so, for example in Science students will be taught how to write like a scientist. In Humanities, students will be given clear guidance on how to structure a written response, in Maths students will be set subject specific spellings to learn and MFL’s teaching of grammar also supports learning of the English language. A common approach to the assessment of literacy ensures students get a consistent message across the curriculum.
In addition to written communication, staff at Regents Park Community College will focus on developing spoken communication. Again this is central to learning. In PE students will be taught effective communication skills in terms of coaching others; in Drama, quality performances are encouraged by a clear and specific focus on the power of spoken language and in Business Studies, students will be taught how to give formal presentations.
Finally, a culture of reading is established primarily through English, where students in Years 7, 8 and 9 have timetabled reading lessons, usually in the well-stocked library. Regular reading homework is set and student reading logs encourage home/school agreement and a shared responsibility. Targeted students are also placed on the accelerated reading scheme, an ICT based package which monitors and supports independent reading. Students are given reading lists to encourage genre exploration and subject specific lists to extend classroom learning.
In addition to these core expectations, literacy is enriched through a programme of events and extra-curricular activities:
Creative Writing Club – weekly after school (supported by students from the University of Southampton)
Reading Club – weekly lunch club
Debate Club – weekly lunch club
Young Writers – twice yearly
Foyles Poetry – March 2016
Poetry by Heart –March 2016
BBC2 500 words – deadline 25th February 2016
National Handwriting Competition- March 2016
MFL Spelling Bee- November 2016
The RPCC Tales (inspired by study of Canterbury Tales) – Year 7
Poetry Slam – Year 8
Shakespeare Slam– Year 9
Spelling Bee (tutor groups)
Poetry by Heart – November 2016 – Key Stage 4
Events for Primary Schools
Come Read With Me: paired reading with students from RPCC and local primary schools.
Off by Heart – performance poetry competition for primary students
Other Activities and Events
Readathon – national sponsored reading event to raise money for children’s charities – March 2016
BBC School Report – 10th March 2016
World Book Day – ‘A Story in Six Sections’, fancy dress and other activities – 23rd April 2016
World Book Night: Staff Volunteers
Poet Laureate – one student with special talent for poetry
Literacy Police: a group of young grammarians to help check and promote good literacy
Poems on the Corridor: formal framed displays of students’ poetry
A School of Poetry: school themed poems on display in all areas of RPCC, even the swimming pool!
Poems in Reception: selected students’ poetry for visitors to read
The Gift of a Good Read: Christmas book presents to teacher nominated PP students.
School Radio: Unity 101
The Biannual School Production: This year was ‘West Side Story’