The Importance Of Literacy

December and January are the identified months that see our department focus upon the importance of literacy as both a life skill and an enjoyable way to relax.

We have recently been chosen by the Premier League, as one of a small number of Clubs, to pilot a leading online English literacy resource. This fun and engaging website looks to improve reading and writing skills through a gamified approach; students don’t actually realise they are learning when completing the computer game style tasks. 
 
“LiteracyPlanet has revolutionised the way we as a school approach English. It gives an easy to use and detailed online learning platform that enables learning in the classroom to be replicated in a fun and motivational way. This takes learning to another level and is simply the best online learning platform I’ve ever seen.”
- N. Anwar, Deputy Head, IQRA Primary School.
 
LiteracyPlanet will form part of all the U9-U11 evening education sessions from January 2017; boys will spend around 20 minutes per session working on LiteracyPlanet. Having completed an initial diagnostic activity, the boys will be signposted to games which are suitable for their ability level.

Please click here for a sneak preview of LiteracyPlanet.

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To support this initiative, we have also arranged for an author (Dan Freedman) to come and speak with our younger players. This should be an exciting experience for the boys and one that will be particularly well received as his book is both football based and recently made into a three-part mini-series on the BBC. A further ten-part series is due to be aired in early 2017. Dan also worked with the England national football team which will further interest the boys.

The first three-part mini-series of Dan’s book ‘Jamie Johnson’ is still on the BBC iPlayer and is a great introduction to the star of the show!  
 
The U9-U11 age groups will be given an opportunity to buy a copy of the book and have it signed by Dan on the evening itself.
 
Finally, we will be recording the visit of Dan and will look to share the footage with our boys and parents sometime in early 2017 – keep an eye out!
 
David Porter
Head of Education and Welfare