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The James Hornsby School

The Trust’s core aim is to ensure that we enhance the life chances of all the young people within the Trust to enable them to fulfil their potential and achieve the best possible outcomes.

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Literacy in the Curriculum

Literacy in the Curriculum

Literacy is the ability to read, write, speak and listen in a way that lets us communicate effectively and make sense of the world. At James Hornsby, our ultimate purpose is to ignite hope, drive ambition and advance the life chances of everyone who is part of our family. We will help learners gain qualifications that will open the door of opportunity and develop the character to get them through. The ability to communicate effectively is an essential tool to prepare pupils for their future endeavours.


Literacy across the curriculum

At James Hornsby, it is the job of every teacher to teach Literacy. As a result, each department will share the same Literacy focus each half term.


Half term 1a Literacy focus: vocabulary


What are we already doing?


Oracy (communicating through speaking and listening)

  • Developing the understanding of adapting your communication style to suit your audience. We will use phrases such as ‘Say it again, say it better’.
  • Developing ideas through pair and group work, drama and role play. We will use phrases like ‘Think, Pair, Share/ ‘I say, you say’.
  • Encouraging learners to listen to, and evaluate, the ideas of others.
  • Developing learners’ skills of questioning – learners will be challenged to respond to questions, but also to question their own thoughts and ideas taught in their lessons.
  • Giving learners the confidence to articulate their views in a range of contexts will help them become more effective lifelong learners. In a range of subjects, learners will be given the opportunity to present.
  • Encouraging learners to appreciate the power of language in their speech. We will focus on the language of a Growth Mindset.



  • Promoting reading for pleasure through the use of Accelerated Reader. Learners are able to access the library at school and there are a list of ‘recommended reads’ attached.
  • Celebrating the value of reading for pleasure through Millionaire readers and World Book Day.
  • Being fully aware of pupils differing needs and adapting reading resources to suit this.
  • Showing learners how to work on a text to extract information- skimming, scanning, note taking, identifying key points. In Science and Geography, pupils have fortnightly reading lessons.
  • Enabling learners to recognise specific features of different text types.
  • Providing opportunities for learners to read for meaning and assessing students’ understanding of texts.
  • Encouraging learners to participate in wider reading to support their studies.



  • Introducing and explaining subject specific vocabulary.
  • Encouraging learners to learn the meanings, spellings and usage of these words.
  • Presenting spelling as a key part of the curriculum, encouraging students to act on marked work by recording and learning spellings (particularly subject specific spellings).
  • Highlighting literacy errors in learners’ work.
  • Providing time and opportunity for learners to correct their errors and redraft.
  • Ensuring that departments make the audience and purpose of writing clear.
  • Displaying useful phrases to help students link and develop ideas in writing.
  • Providing model answers to support learners in understanding the requirements of written pieces.
  • Developing learners’ writing stamina through regular extended writing.


Our Library Service

Our Library is a calm working space, affording everyone the opportunity of quiet study and reading time.  It is home to over 5,000 books and hosts competitions, promotions, craft sessions as well as a friendly and helpful book advice service.


Library Opening Times

Our Library is open at the following times:

 Monday    08:00 – 15:55

Tuesday    08:00 – 15:55

Wednesday     08:00 – 15:55

Thursday    08:00 – 15:55

Friday     08:00 – 15:30 

We also provide a Click & Collect service.

Just order from our online Library catalogue and collect your book at a time that suits you


Just outside the schools Main Reception area you will find our

Library in the Lobby

Here you will find a selection of books which are available to borrow

No need to check out – just take home and enjoy :)