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Clacton: Literacy boost as children become aliens, zombies and spies
12:00pm Sunday 27th October 2013 in News
PUPILS at a Clacton school were split into groups and took on the roles aliens, zombies and spies in a scheme to boost literacy levels.
Clacton Coastal Academy teachers developed the literacy programme over the summer to help new year sevens starting at the school.
Students are divided into three groups according to ability – zombie, alien or spy – designed to challenge each skill level.
Special lessons and events were organised around the theme of the groups to help make the material accessible and improve reading and writing amongst new pupils.
One of the extra events saw students from the alien and zombie pathways stay at the school until 9pm in a lockdown as they took part in educational activities based on surviving invasions.
Principal Tracey Hemmings said: “Recognising that literacy levels are the most important indicator to success in GCSEs and later life the academy decided to think big and take action.
“The literacy project has worked incredibly well, and the evidence shows significant improvements in writing skills and levels across all ability groups."