Literacy Across the Curriculum

Whole School Reading, Writing and Talk for Learning

Introduction

The development of students’ literacy skills is the responsibility of the whole school community. Literacy encompasses three areas: writing, reading and talk for learning; all departments have a role to play in supporting students’ abilities to speak, listen, read and write.

Across the curriculum at WHS we will aim to improve students’ literacy skills by:

Reading:

  • Being fully aware of students both on SEN and EAL registers when preparing work and displays; thus presenting reading tasks at a suitable level through differentiation.
  • Promoting reading for pleasure and information to all students.
  • Showing students how to work on a text to extract information- skimming, scanning, note taking, identifying key points.
  • Enabling students to recognise specific features of different text types.
  • Providing opportunities for students to read for meaning and assessing students’ understanding of texts.

Writing:

  • Introducing and explaining subject specific vocabulary.
  • Ensuring students record key words.
  • Encouraging students to learn the meanings, spellings and usage of these words.
  • Presenting spelling as an integral part of the subject, encouraging students to act on marked work by recording and learning spellings (particularly subject specific spellings).
  • Highlighting literacy errors in students’ work. This might be in a single paragraph if the student has made many mistakes.
  • Providing time and opportunity for students to correct their errors.
  • When possible, providing opportunity for students to redraft.
  • Ensuring that departments make the audience and purpose of writing clear.
  • Displaying useful phrases to help students link and develop ideas in writing.
  • Providing annotated examples of writing in the subject so that students know what is required.
  • Having a dictionary available for common use in each classroom.
  • Developing students’ writing stamina through regular extended writing.

Talk for learning:

  • Appreciating the power of talk in learning.
  • Developing ideas through pair and group work, drama and role play.
  • Encouraging students to listen to and evaluate sensitively the ideas of others.
  • Developing students’ skills of questioning.
  • Giving students the confidence to articulate their views in a range of contexts will help them become more effective lifelong learners

 

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