Literacy and Maths Focus

Literacy  Mathematics 
Here at The Thomas Alleyne Academy, we are always striving to help our students develop and improve their literacy skills in every subject across the curriculum.  Our students understand the importance of being effective communicators, not just in their reading and writing skills, but through their speaking and listening skills too.  We want to empower all our students to feel confident in their literacy skills, within the classroom and in the wider world too.

Students are given opportunities to engage in literacy activities in a wide range of situations, from whole school focuses introduced regularly during tutor time to extra-curricular activities such as our 'Alleyne's Readers' Club and the discussion and debating sessions held fortnightly across the academy.

Every student is encouraged to read for pleasure too, and our librarian works hard to keep the library well-stocked with a wide range of reading materials, including fiction and non-fiction, and from the classics through to the most up-to-date teenage reads.  Students engage in a range of activities designed to promote reading, including weekly library lessons and our 'Mind The Gap' scheme.

For more information about how we promote literacy and communication skills at The Thomas Alleyne Academy, please contact Mrs Russell on 
 At The Thomas Alleyne Academy, we understand that mathematics is a challenging and demanding discipline.  However, the ability to engage with mathematics on a high level enables our students to enhance their future quality of life regardless of their interests or chosen career path.  We have introduced mathematics as a whole school focus sto allow students to appreciate the vital role mathematics plays in everyday life and give our students the consistency and support needed to develop these skills.

Every month, a particular focus will be delivered during form time to support mathematics understanding across the curriculum.  This message is reinforced through the school using displays, posters, activities and materials on the website.

Additionally, gifted students have the opportunity to extend and excite their mathematics learning by attending monthly workshops presented by the mathematics department.  Also, high achieving GCSE and Sixth Form students have the opportunity to become tutors to Year 11 students who are preparing for their GCSE exams.

If you would like any further information about mathematics across the curriculum please contact Mr Luchies at

We all use maths every day; to predict the weather, to tell the time, to handle money.  Maths is more than formulas or equations; it's logic, it's rationality, it's using your mind to solve the biggest mysteries we know.

Join the Discussion

During tutor time once a fortnight, students spend time discussing and debating a topic based on current affairs.

This week students have been discussing the World Cup and looking at the success so far of the England team, posing questions about the pressure on players in previous years and the impact this can have.

Click here to read the article we read to stimulate our discussion.

Alleyne's Readers



Alleyne’s Readers’ Present Time Travelling with a Hamster

‘Alleyne’s Readers’ is the largest club in our academy, including every single member of the Thomas Alleyne community. 

Just before October half term, every student and member of staff in the academy was  provided with a copy of Time Travelling with a Hamster by Ross Welford. 

This is a charming story about a boy called Al Chaudhury who is thrown into a moral dilemma on his twelfth birthday when he receives a letter from his late father asking him to travel back in time to save his life.  Al knows there are many risks involved but it comes as no surprise when he decides he should do what his father requests and he uses a time machine to discover what life was like in 1984 – taking his pet hamster with him for company! 

Time Travelling with a Hamster covers a wide range of themes appropriate for every age group, including family relationships, the effects our choices have on both ourselves and others, and poses some interesting ‘big questions’ about science and the impact time travel could have on the world.

Students have until Friday 8th December to finish the book.  On this day, we will be collapsing our curriculum during lessons 3, 4 and 5 and the students will work in their tutor groups to engage in a wide range of activities based on the key messages of the story. 

We are also delighted to announce that the author, Ross Welford, will be joining us on this day and all our students will get the opportunity to hear him talk about his experiences as a writer and what inspired him to write this story.

The students will be allowed to keep their book and we are sure other members of the family will enjoy reading it too, as it is a book that can inspire children and adults alike.

World Book Day




To celebrate World Book Day this year we held lots of events during library lessons and in tutor time to share our love of reading across the school.  This culminated in an academy-wide competition where students had to identify lots of different authors, with clues being worn by all our members of staff throughout the day.

Break and lunch time was spent with students trying to find the right answers and by the end of the day, we received over 150 entries!

All those that entered the competition received achievement points, and it was lovely to see so many students getting involved in the events and it was a great reminder of how many fantastic books are out there for us to enjoy!

Literacy Focus


We are currently focusing on our writing skills and making sure that every student FLAPs for every writing task they are set. 

What is FLAP?

  •      Form - firstly, identify what format your writing needs to take e.g. is it a recipe, a newspaper article, a leaflet etc?
  •      Language - next, make sure you know what type of language you should use for the task (formal or informal?)
  •      Audience - then identify who you are writing for
  •      Purpose -  and finally, make sure you know why you are writing

Click here to see the PowerPoint presentation we have been using to encourage every student to FLAP before they write.


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