Literacy in the Home

Dear parent/carer,

I hope you and your family have had a relaxing Easter break.

I attach with this letter the ‘Literacy in the Home’ booklet I mentioned at the recent parent session held via Teams. The purpose of this booklet is to develop some of the cross-curricular literacy skills that children at our school need to target to become more accomplished readers, writers and communicators.

These skills are taught explicitly in school but to truly learn a literacy skill it has to become a habit and regular revision is fundamental to this. Each week I will ask students to work on a series of pages from this booklet, this will be identified through SMH, social media and the school website.

This project is very much about nurturing literacy in the home so please do complete this booklet with your child, talking about the answers and figuring things out together. We learn best when fear of failure is removed. To that end, each week a teacher from our school will be creating a help guide video, located on our school website, to support our young people to become empowered in their understanding.

The completed booklet will be called back into school in the final week of term. During this week, we will be holding a prize draw for the students who have comprehensively completed their booklet. The prize will be family cinema tickets for a family of four.

If you would like to discuss any part of this booklet with me please do contact me in school.

Best wishes,

Emma Taylor-Hamblett

Whole School Literacy Lead

Teacher of English | + posts

Mrs E Taylor-Hamblett teaches English at St Thomas More Catholic School. She is also Literacy Lead Across Curriculum.