Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. It is a tool for daily life in modern society. It is a bulwark against poverty, and a building block of development, an essential complement to investments in roads, dams, clinics and factories. Literacy is a platform for democratization, and a vehicle for the promotion of cultural and national identity. Especially for girls and women, it is an agent of family health and nutrition. For everyone, everywhere, literacy is, along with education in general, a basic human right.... Literacy is, finally, the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realize his or her full potential.”   - Kofi Annan Secretary-General of the United Nations 1997 to 2006

Literacy is an essential life skill that contributes to well-being. It enables pupils to access the wider curriculum and the world of work as adults, achieve their potential and to take a full and active part in Society. it is a skill which develops confident communicators, efficient readers and writers and, when taught well, can foster positive attitudes and skills which supports lifelong learning.


At Woolwich Polytechnic, we achieve our Literacy Rationale by:

  • Providing oportunities for pupils to read and write everyday.

  • Ensuring access to a wide range of engaging texts and resources including digital, multicultural and bilingual sources and those that promote equalities.

  • Teaching and Modelling an extensive Vocabulary and giving opportunities for children to practise and craft their writing skills.

  • Planning engaging units of work from relevant skills documents with a balance of oracy, reading and writing opportunities.

  • Exploiting opportunities for children to talk and listen in a range of relevant and engaging contexts

  • Planning carefully to develop reading skills using agreed formats and using a range of questioning techniques.


At the Poly, we have a number of activities that promote literacy:

  • Visit of Book Bus on Friday, 23rd November 2018

  • Speak Out Challenge for Y10s

  • PiXL Debating for Y9s

  • Read for SiX competition for Y7s, Y8s and Y9s from October to December

  • D.E.A.R. each Wednesday from 10.40 to 11.00am

  • Accelerated Reading for Y7s

  • Peer Reading for Y8s

  • Author Visits

  • Literacy Week from 4th to 8th March 2019

Literacey Resources for Parents

Literacey Resources for Students

Woolwich Poly has a solid and vibrant Reading Culture!

Y12s students have volunteered to help Y8s to improve their reading skills each Tuesday and Friday during form time.

The atmosphere is vibrant and dynamic during form time. Y8s are delighted to be mentored by a Y12 student.

Happy Reading!

Ms Miranda

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