Language for Learning

READING POSTERWhy is Language for Learning important?

Language for learning is a concept built on the belief that a student’s vocabulary is their ‘communication toolbox’, where every word is a tool, ready to be used at the right time. The more tools they master, the better their chances are of finding the right one for the communication task at hand.

By enabling students to develop their vocabulary, the student’s comprehension will improve and ultimately help to develop all areas of their communication such as listening, speaking, reading and writing. This will be key to their success at school.

To support the development of students’ reading and comprehension skills, year group specific novels are read by the students during tutor time. Every tutor group read the same novel as a class and the tutor assess their understanding of the plotline and character development through classroom discussions.

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Language for Learning - Spring 2018





Novels read by year groups are:

  • Year 7: ‘Wonder’ by R J Palacio
  • Year 8: ‘Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
  • Year 9: ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ by Malorie Blackman
  • Year 10: ‘The Bunker Diary’ by Kevin Brooks
  • Year 11: ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ by J. D. Salinger