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Literacy and Numeracy
Literacy and Numeracy Progress at Whitworth Community High School
- All students at Whitworth are encouraged to read regularly to develop their literacy skills. Students (and staff) ‘Drop Everything and Read’ during form time - every Thursday (for Yrs 7, 8, 10 and 11) and Friday (for Yr 9). Students are encouraged to bring in their own reading materials, but book boxes are also provided for students to choose from. There are mini review sheets in the planner for students to keep a record of books read.
- Yr 7 students will be involved in a ‘Round the World’ Reading Challenge from December 2014 to February 2015, to encourage regular reading at home and school.
- Students take part in a literacy or numeracy activity every week as part of the form powerpoint: these focus on addressing common errors across the curriculum such as spelling homophones and using apostrophes.
- Dictionaries and Word Walls are used to develop good spelling skills: students who spell a word incorrectly in a task are encouraged to learn it, and code why they made the error, using the word wall sheet stuck into all their subject books. This initiative is being used with Yrs 8 and 10 but many staff have chosen to use it with other year groups too.
- Students in Yrs 7-10 have the opportunity to be a Literacy or Numeracy Champion: this small team of students meet to plan, promote and lead on initiatives in school.
- Students are encouraged to use their mental arithmetic in all subjects. Students are encouraged to apply Brain –Pen –Calculator, with their calculator being a last resort.
- Select students in Yrs 9-10 take part in the UK Mathematics Challenge in May.
- Students are encouraged to check their methods for logicality and accuracy. This promotes high quality answers and ensures marks are not lost.
- Students take part in a numeracy activity every week as part of the form powerpoint; these focus on logical and lateral thinking skills, as well as developing problem solving and applying numeracy.
- Students are encouraged to spot numeracy links in subjects excluding mathematics. Students who recognize these links or show excellent numeracy skills in other subjects are rewarded with numeracy points, which go towards the school rewards scheme.
- All students are encouraged to proofread and correct their writing in all subjects and have access to the Literacy mats below to help them do this.
Click on the images for full size Literacy Mats.
- On entry, all students are assessed to determine their ability with a range of Literacy skills. This includes reading comprehension accuracy and speed, word recognition, spelling, handwriting and word processing speed.
- Students with a below average Standard Score in reading and spelling are identified and provided with additional support and ongoing monitoring. Currently, students in Year 8 and 10 with a reading age below average, attend a Literacy Catch-up Programme during Registration. This continues until students have developed their confidence /skills and the student is within one year of their chronological reading age.
- Students in Year 7 with a reading age below average attend the Shared Reading Programme where they are supported by our Year 10 Peer Mentor Team. This allows them to develop their skills and help promote their engagement with reading for pleasure.
- Selected students in Key Stage 3 are assigned intervention sessions, during timetabled lessons, to develop their skills in small group or as individual sessions. This may be for reading, handwriting, general literacy support or dyslexia support.
- Students requiring additional support also have access to the LEXIA software which develops reading and spelling skills, provides ongoing detailed reports and recommends areas for further intervention.
- All students on the Intervention Programme are regularly tested using the appropriate software to measure ongoing progress.
- Students with low numeracy levels in all years are supported in an intervention room with a specialist mathematics teacher and a Teaching Assistant. The groups are small in size to allow more one to one intervention with students. It helps accelerate learning and develop their numeracy skills.
- Students that have been identified as having low numeracy skills have a timetabled numeracy lesson every week where they can go over fluency questions and master the basic numeracy skills to aid them in their maths lessons. The topics they cover in their numeracy lesson coincide with their maths topics so this really gives them a boost when they get to their maths lessons.