Language for Learning is what we call literacy at Stretford High School; it means the ability to read, write, speak and listen in a way that lets us communicate effectively and make sense of the world.
We call it Language for Learning because language is the medium we use to teach, learn and think. Language is at the heart of every lesson.
Students need good language skills in order to cope with the demands of subjects across the curriculum. Having a wide vocabulary and clear expression enables students to be more confident and engaged in learning. This is more important than ever with the introduction of the new 9-1 GCSEs, which contain more written elements than previously and in some cases include a mark for spelling, punctuation and grammar.
Below, you can find out what we do to celebrate, support and improve Language for Learning.
On Thursday 1st March, Stretford High School celebrated World Book Day. Aisha, Year 9, reported on the day:
World Book Day was an amazing day for me since it turned out better than I thought it would.
Many teachers dressed up in different costumes. I could NOT believe that they put so much effort into their costumes, for example we had a Miss Trunchbull and a Matilda. We had a Mr Bump and a Sherlock Holmes. We had a Paddington giving out Marmalade sandwiches. So there was a variety of characters walking around that day. Personally, it was really exciting to guess what the teachers were dressed as.
At break time, we all gathered in the library, talking about our favourite characters from our favourite books. We had time to read our books and eat some biscuits. It was a very sweet and lovely event to be at.
That wasn’t the end of it. After school we had a ghost writing competition and a book mark competition. The ghost story writing was to make a story about ghosts. We could either pick a story line or create our own. I made one from the ghost’s point of view; it really got me thinking about what to write and to structure it. The National Book Token competition was all about being arty and creative. It was excellent to see the amount of entries and what they drew. We also got to do some origami book marks which was complicated but practice makes perfect.
In the end that was one of the most exceptional days I have ever had.
Photos by Regan and Matylda, Year 9.