Sunday 8th September is International literacy day, an initiative set up by the United Nations to highlight improvements in world literacy rates and reflect on the world’s remaining literacy challenges.
At Hatherop castle, literacy plays a vital role across the curriculum; we aim to instil in children an enjoyment of a variety of types of literature. Indeed every day, children encounter literature of many types, and use their creative and imaginative minds to use these pieces to complement their learning.
In Prep 7 and 8 this year, a number of new texts have been introduced to extend the children’s reading. In prep 7 the gothic genre is introduced with the study of “The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman. Within this text there are interesting narrative structures, time shifts and classical allusions. This will be continued in prep 8 with the study of the classic “The Woman in Black”.
Our aspiration is that when children leave Hatherop Castle at the end of year 8, they are literate young adults, able to express themselves confidently both verbally and in writing.