In these literacy sessions the College Newsletter becomes the vehicle used to improve the student’s speaking, listening, reading, writing, and ICT skills.

Students practise their speaking and listening skills by contributing to class discussions and peer interaction which helps them to recognise how to interact with others through formulating and asking questions, discussing ideas and expressing opinions. Students are also expected to recognise and employ appropriate turn taking rights and respect for their peers.

Students develop literacy skills through identifying and using different styles and formats of writing. They work on basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation and the correct use of basic grammar, through reading texts, completing worksheets, editing their peers work and reading and understanding short texts. Students are also required to identify and use different reading methods to review texts. In addition, students demonstrate:

  • working independently – on an individual news story on a topic of their choosing
  • working as part of a team – to plan, design and create a termly newsletter
  • interview techniques and improve data gathering exercises
  • use of technology – to research and write articles, communicate through email and use digital media, as well as formatting the articles within the newsletter.
  • proofreading skills – to check for spelling and grammatical errors


Assessment Methods Used

Each session is planned, observed and evaluated with the student needs and interests at the centre of all that we do.

Accreditation leads to awards in Life & Living – Communication

Functional Skills Embedding

Every student’s individual core targets are generated from a detailed diagnostic assessment which calculates the appropriate level of learning needed. The promotion of functional skills underpins every curriculum area at Oakwood Court College, which include:

  • The Purposeful use of ICT
  • Using ICT systems
  • Developing and presenting information
  • Speaking & Listening
  • Listening to and answering simple questions about yourself.
  • Communicating ideas, choices, events and experiences


  • Listen effectively


  • Extract simple information
  • Sort and classify