Learning and Life Skills – Statement of Intent

The intent of the Learning and Life Skills Department (LLS), which encompasses Literacy, Numeracy, and Oracy, is to provide a curriculum programme that will contribute towards benefitting the students’ academic success. It is an intervention programme put in place to bridge the gap for students that are below the national standards in Literacy and Numeracy in order to ensure that by the end of Year 9. All students are working at a level of competency that enables them to access the GCSE curriculum content.

In Literacy, the topics undertaken will provide students with an opportunity to read a range of fiction and non-fiction texts, They will gain the skills to become competent readers through repeated use of reciprocal reading strategies and phonetic awareness so they will be able to decode and comprehend the texts they read. The texts chosen provide frequent opportunities for students to develop oracy skills, enjoy reading and boost their cultural capital.

In Numeracy, students begin the year developing basic mathematical skills with a particular focus on Times Tables but also focusing on problem solving and making connections between mathematical facts and procedures. Later, they will build on these skills taking part in projects that will encourage them to consider maths in the world around them and their future careers.

The values and ethos of our school are central to our teaching of all the subjects that fall under the umbrella of the Learning and Life Skills Department. The subjects enable young people to acquire the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to access lessons across the school, achieve their potential, raise their self-esteem and equip them with the skills they need to play a full and active part in society.