Here at St Thomas More we believe that Literacy is the cornerstone of all learning and is an essential aspect of success, both in school and beyond.


Literacy is a collaborative approach encompassed by all teachers in all subjects.  All teachers at the academy teach Literacy through the explicit teaching of key vocabulary, providing literacy feedback and promoting a love of reading.


MORE reading:

(More Opportunities in Reading for All)

All pupils read as a form time activity and have access to our newly re-branded library resource The Bee Hive which is managed by our librarian Mrs Emberson. The Bee Hive is also the host of extra-curricular activities at break and lunch.

Bedrock learning: All students in years 7 and 8 participate in Bedrock Learning. Bedrock learning is a bespoke web-based too which enables students to acquire tier 2 vocabulary including academic verbs. Bedrock can be completed on any web browser with sound output. Year 7 students will complete some sessions in school as part of their Bee Hive induction.

Buzz words:  Each week one tier 2 word is chosen to extend and improve student vocabulary. It is often topical and can be used in all subjects.


Reading Recommendations

Please see the below links for reading recommendations

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9


Other recommended books

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