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WORD - Writing, Oracy and Reading Development
At Harris Academy Beckenham we are proud to have launched a brand new approach to literacy across the curriculum, called WORD (Writing, Oracy and Reading Development).
WORD skills are crucial to developing students’ ability to read and understand, write with fluency, accuracy and enthusiasm, and speak and listen with confidence and discernment.
Download an explanation of the intention, implementation and impact of our WORD approach. Download our WORD (Writing, Oracy and Reading Development) policy.
All subject areas
Attainment of proficient communication capacity skills is vital for students to access all areas of the curriculum, and to achieve social and academic success.
Due to the vital role of WORD skills in every student’s life, staff at all levels are aware of their duty to prioritise WORD within all areas of teaching and learning. We aim:
- To ensure that standards of writing, oracy and reading are raised throughout all key stages and across all subject areas
- To embed WORD skills across all subject areas
- To develop a common language of communication capability across all subject areas
- To empower students with the capacity to use language purposefully and efficiently in a range of contexts for a range of purposes, in both oral and written form, in a powerful, convincing and accurate manner
- To increase the range and depth of literary knowledge to create a lifelong passion for reading and curiosity of texts.
Our curriculum pivots on WORD with every teacher dedicated to raising the levels of eloquent, accurate and confident communication of every student, regardless of their starting point.
We understand that an enriched vocabulary enables a better understanding of concepts and ideas and helps to develop their communication capabilities across all three core mediums of writing, oracy and reading. We act upon this by expanding their cultural capital and the breadth of their vocabulary. Students with a knowledge of words have an increased capacity to continue learning new knowledge in the future.
Students across all key stages are exposed to a variety of texts, both fiction and non-fiction, ranging from pre-1914 to the modern day. Through this breadth of reading, students are encouraged to comprehend that while knowledge is powerful it is also insecure, contested and evolving; they learn to understand through our focus on reading that they have access to the constantly evolving world around them – past, present and future.