Literacy 4 Life (L4L)

Literacy 4 Life is a unique curriculum created for our Key Stage 3 students. It is taught through integrated themes and makes up the majority of the students’ curriculum. Our philosophy incorporates Competency-Based, Personalised and Flipped Learning. In order to facilitate accelerated learning, our curriculum uses technology to extend learning beyond the classroom.

L4L themes provide meaningful contexts in which students have the opportunity to achieve proficiency in a range of competencies. Central to this lies an emphasis on communication literacy taught in context. Each theme gives students the opportunity to acquire diverse skills required to be successful at Key Stage 4, and promotes social responsibility as well as personal reflection and growth.

Our students will face enormous challenges in the coming years, from an economy shaped by rapidly-advancing technologies, to the impact of globalisation. They need the strongest foundation of academic, technical, and problem-solving skills we can offer. The L4L curriculum aims to provide this through greater personalisation, ensuring that each and every student has the knowledge and skills to succeed.

Here’s a short video featuring last year’s Year 7 students discussing their first term at Thorns Collegiate Academy:

Take a look at our L4L Prospectus:

L4L Book back

  • Year 7

    Year 7 Themes

    Citizen Me
    Planets
    Journeys
    Pantomime and Fairy Tales
    I Robot
    Silent Movies
    Growing
    In Days of Old
    Water

  • Year 8

    Myths and Legends
    Journey to the centre of the Earth
    Off with your head
    Grand Designs
    Pudding Lane
    India
    Coming and Going
    Da Vinci
    Freedom
    Please Sir
    Tragedy
    Coast
    1970’s

  • Linking L4L to the curriculum

    Take a look at these short videos to see how our L4L topics link to a variety of subject areas.