Literacy in our Curriculum

Literacy is essential to all learning throughout the school, in all years and across all subject areas. At Ormiston Rivers Academy, we know that good literacy skills help students to communicate effectively and allow students to achieve their potential across the curriculum. Because literacy is integral to our students’ success, we aim to ensure all learners at our school emerge as confident and articulate communicators.

Reading for pleasure

A significant amount of research from around the world suggests that reading for pleasure can raise literacy standards and help support student progress. As a school, we take every opportunity to promote reading for pleasure. This includes ‘Register and Read’ during mentor time, library lessons, Drop Everything and Read and celebrating days such as World Book Day and National Poetry Day. 


Every student in Years 7 & 8 is enrolled in the Accelerated Reader program, designed to boost both engagement and achievement in reading and comprehension. You can find out more information about this fantastic program by clicking here. 


To encourage a lifelong love of reading, the Library also holds a weekly book club for the students.


For reading inspiration, why not take a look at these recommended reads?

Writing like a pro

11-13 year-olds at ORA will be encouraged to participate in BBC Radio 2’s story writing competition, ‘500 Words’, which opens every January. The competition culminates in a broadcast extravaganza of live music and sensational story-telling every summer, at a special venue. Past venues have included The Globe and The Tower of London!


To help to broaden our students’ vocabulary, a ‘Word of the Week’ is shared with all students. Evidence of correct use of this word will mean merit points! 



Reading and writing are very important and valuable skills but people are often not aware of how important speaking and listening skills are too. Schools that include speaking and listening in a planned and structured way for children in their lessons see improvement in their classroom involvement. Every year, ORA participate in ‘No Pens Day’, during which students to put down their pens and pick up speaking and listening skills!

For more information on how to support your child’s reading at home, please download this document.

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