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At Crestwood, all teachers are passionate about developing the literacy skills of all students. Both staff and students understand that good literacy skills form the basis of all learning. Students develop core skills in every lesson because reading, writing and oracy are intrinsic in our curriculum. Please refer to the curriculum of individual subject areas for details on how specific skills are addressed within subjects.


During registration time at Crestwood, students are given a range of activities to improve core skills. Each year group has key foci throughout the year, delivered by their form tutor. Every other week all students are given the opportunity to enter a literacy competition and win an amazing stationery prize.


In literacy intervention lessons, students cover a range of English-based skills and texts that will complement the work they complete in their English lessons. The texts they study are tailored to meet the needs of the specific students within these targeted intervention groups, ensuring all students are able to make good progress through the academic year.

Literacy Curriculum Intent.

In Literacy our intent is to promote literacy in its broadest sense so that it is fully embedded across the curriculum.

Literacy Core Standards.

In Literacy the core standards are to:


  • To build students’ love of reading, writing and discussion.

  • To provide opportunities to read aloud in groups, independently and for pleasure.

  • To develop vital comprehension skills.

  • To nurture a culture in which students take pride in their writing, can write clearly and accurately and adapt their language and style for a range of contexts.

  • To inspire children to be confident in their oracy skills; to use discussion to communicate and further learning.

  • To embed a secure basis in literacy skills to underpin a high-quality education as well as providing students with the tools they need to participate fully as a member of society.

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