School’s Aim

Oracy

Our aim: to ensure that our learners develop and perfect oracy skills that will help them participate fully in their learning.

Oracy is the term used to combine the skills of listening and speaking.

At Brynteg School we recognise that oracy is an important literacy skill. We understand that employers are looking for young people who are able to effectively communicate which is why we ensure that learners have opportunities in all lessons to develop their listening and speaking skills. Examples of oracy activities in lesson could be: class debates, role plays, peer teaching, group discussions etc.

Reading

Our aim: to ensure that our learners develop and perfect reading skills that will help them with their life-long learning.

At Brynteg School, learning and teaching strategies for reading are taught in a similar way across the curriculum using the Tactical Teaching approach to help learners to understand that they can use the same strategies to approach different texts whatever the context.

The School Libraries

Our School Librarian is Mr Lewis.

Learners are encouraged to use the library independently before school, during break and lunchtime and after school to:

  • borrow reading books or change their current one
  • read independently
  • research homework
  • complete homework
  • use the iPads or computers to complete homework or to use the school’s library management system Eclipse.

Writing

Our aim: to provide learners with the writing skills to help them confidently write texts for different genres, audiences and purposes.

At Brynteg, all teachers encourage learners to develop good writing skills in the 6 non-fiction text types:

 

Discussion Exploration of pros and cons of a topic, presenting
arguments and information from differing viewpoints, sometimes resulting in a
conclusion.
Discursive essays, Debates
Explanation Reasons and details are included to show why and how,
often including expressions of causes and consequences, and connections between events or ideas.
Why things happen, How something works, How something affects another
Instruction To help readers do something. Instructional texts tend
to provide step-by-step instructions and use imperative verbs.
Recipes, vehicle repair
manuals, self-assembly instructions
Persuade To be persuasive is to try to influence or convince
the reader of a particular point of view.
Advertisements, Publicity campaigns, Letter to newspaper
Recount Retells events in chronological order. It may be
fictional or include information.
Stories, Events in history
Report An event or a process described, not necessarily
chronologically.
Reports on a character from
a novel