Literacy and Numeracy
All teachers in all subjects plan for and exploit opportunities to develop students’ skills in reading, writing and spoken language. This is a very important aspect of planning for learning, giving students the key skills they require to access the national curriculum and achieve in national examinations.
Outlined below are some activities that students should expect to encounter in their studies that would allow them opportunities to develop their literacy skills:
•Students will be given opportunities to recognise and understand key terms and subject vocabulary when they are used. This involves relating terminology to similar words, exploring the root from which they are derived and explaining the typical context in which a pupil would find the term. Students will be given an example of how a term might be used in a sentence or how the plural of a word is formed.
•Students will develop strategies for remembering key spellings or the need for capital letters.(e.g. “Parliament” in history or citizenship)
•Students will develop a range of core skills. For example, in reading, how to skim a text to extract the main elements of its content, or how to scan for information or a keyword or topic.
•Students will develop a sense of the importance of accuracy in spelling, punctuation and grammar in written work.
•Students will develop the skills to identify the occasions in both written and spoken language, where it would be necessary to use only Standard English and also when more colloquial or even dialect forms may be used, guiding students on which form of lexicon is appropriate to task and/or environment. Key subject terms will always be checked for spelling. Sentence punctuation would be corrected. Students would be encouraged to write in good paragraphs where appropriate.
•Students will develop the key elements of literacy and apply them during the lessons and homework. Being able to identify spelling, punctuation or grammar weaknesses and encouraging clear, appropriate and effective expression.
Numeracy is a key life skill which will improve student’s employability and enable them to deal with many situations they may encounter throughout their lives. As with literacy, we are all, regardless of our role or specialism, responsible for improving the numeracy skills of those we teach. Improving numeracy skills will enable our students to cope with the mathematical demands of everyday life as well as contributing to raising standards across the academy.
Outlined below are some activities that students should expect to encounter in their studies that would allow them opportunities to develop their numeracy skills:
•The student develops the skills to allow them to make regular and accurate use of key numerical terms e.g. units of measurement, time and distance in the lesson to reinforce learning and understanding of their application to real life situations.
•Students will be encouraged to be less dependent on simple words e.g. exposing them to the word multiply as a replacement for times
•Mental arithmetic will be encouraged at all opportunities as the strategy to solve a numerical problem, with calculators only being used for awkward or particularly time-consuming calculations.
•Students will be reminded of the core skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division where appropriate in lessons.
•Students will be asked to explain how they worked out their calculation to encourage problem solving skills. This is a key transferable skill across the curriculum.
•Students will be encouraged to seek and compare a range of calculations methods. By asking students how they have worked out a calculation and insisting everyone listens and responds positively the student is embedding the knowledge into long term memory. This links with communication skills for literacy across the curriculum.
•Students will develop their own methods of calculation and setting out their working out down the page rather than across to ensure consistency.
•When using statistics, students develop using a range of representations of data such as barcharts, piecharts and scattergraphs and remind students of key terms such as mean, median and mode.
•Emphasis is put on the importance of secure numeracy skills for coping with the mathematical demands of everyday life.