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Supporting Literacy at Home

At Sir Harry Smith Community College, we are very keen that students make good progress in Literacy, irrespective of their starting point when they join us.  We hope to ensure that students of all abilities have the opportunity to reach their potential and Literacy is actively taught in all areas of the curriculum.

The meaning of the word “literacy” is constantly evolving: literacy is more than the ability to read materials in print.  Literacy is the ability to read and write, to listen and speak to others, and to view and to represent ideas and images in various media. It is also the ability to think critically while doing all of these.

As well as teaching the students aspects of Literacy in all curriculum areas, in order to help the students to succeed, we encourage them to work at home and, where applicable, we offer additional sessions within College. 

We consider ourselves very fortunate in that the majority of parents and carers are highly supportive and want to help their child with their Literacy skills.  To this end, we are frequently asked by parents and carers how they can assist with their child’s Literacy development during their time at Sir Harry Smith – they are keen to support but are not sure how to go about it.

The PDF in this section is designed to assist with this Literacy support at home – it contains a few ideas that you as parents or carers might find useful in relation to things that you can do to work with your child on their reading, writing and speaking and listening skills.

Hopefully it will be of interest to you – you may well be doing many (or all) of the suggestions already. Indeed, if you are working with your child in a way that has not been included in the leaflet, please let me know and I will include it in future drafts.

Furthermore, if you have any questions regarding any aspect of your child’s Literacy, please do not hesitate to contact the college.