The Eastwood Academy

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Good literacy skills are a key factor in raising standards across all subjects.

Language is the main medium we use for teaching, learning and developing thinking, so it is at the heart of teaching and learning. Developing skills in literacy is about learning to use language to express, explore and communicate our thoughts, ideas and feelings with others. We do this through speaking, listening, reading and writing and getting better at literacy means making progress in each of these areas.

Did you know?

  • Less than half of 8 to 16 year olds have read a book in the last month.
  • 49% of children and young adults think that reading is boring.
  • Children who enjoy reading are 5 times more likely to be ‘above average’  in their Reading Assessment levels.
  • 22% of children report that no one at home encourages them to read.
  • 1 in 3 children do not own a book.
  • 62% of boys do not enjoy writing and pupils at Key Stage 4 are the least likely to enjoy writing.
  • Research shows that the average length of a student’s contribution to a class discussion is 4 words.

At Eastwood we adopt a cross-curricular focus to promoting good literacy amongst our pupils and staff. We believe that promoting literacy is a whole school responsibility and not just that of the English department. 

Click here for the Literacy Policy     

We invite you to join us in developing your child’s literacy at home. We have included some useful resources to aid you in supporting your child's literacy and will be providing new resources on a regular basis. If you have any further questions about literacy at home or at school, please don’t hesitate to contact the Literacy Coordinator, Mrs. L. Child: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Literacy Resources

Click here for Book Finder Guide     

Click here for Key Stage 3 Suggested Reading

Click here for Key Stage 4 Suggested Reading

Click here for Literacy Guide for Parents

Click here for Marking for Literacy

Click here for 100 Difficult to Spell Words

Click here for Useful Connectives

Click here for Words Instead of 'Said'

Click here for Punctuation

Click here for Parts of Speech

Click here for How to Write a Newspaper Article     

Click here for An Anthology of Poetry in Remembrance

Literacy Events

Book Fair - 19th October

World Book Day - 3rd March

Literacy Week - 29th February - 4th March

Literacy Parents' Evening - 3rd March

School Report (Teacher) Book Reviews

Click here for Mr. Cartlidge's Book Review

Click here for Mr. Piercy's Book Review

2015/2016 Literacy Events

Book Fair 

On Monday 19th October, the Academy held a 'Book Fair' for Year 7 pupils.

Pupils had the opportunity to look at over 400 books on display and were given a £4 book voucher which they could redeem against a book of their choice.




Paired Reading Programme 

The Paired Reading Programme is a literacy initiative in which pupils in Year 10 help those in Year 7 and 8 to read. The programme operates daily during form time.

On Friday 12th February, a celebration break was held for all pupils involved in the programme.




Year 7 Literacy Evening

On Thursday 3rd March, the Academy held a Literacy Evening for the parents of Year 7 pupils.

Click here for a Review of the Evening by Alex Green (Year 9)




2016/17 Events

On Monday 18th October, the Academy held its annual 'Book Fair' as part of the Year 7 Transition Evening.

Pupils had the opportunity to look at over 400 books on display and were given a £4 book voucher which they could redeem against a book(s) of their choice.





Spelling Bee

Week commencing 12th December, pupils in Year 7 and 8 took part in the annual Spelling Bee Competition.

Congratulations to the following winners: Daisy Andrews, Arun Jethwa, Mariam Khan and Callum Duffy.


Literacy Evening

On Tuesday 7th March, the Academy held its annual Literacy Evening.

Click here for a Review of the Evening