Literacy & Numeracy Support
"The development of literacy skills has remained central to a young person's life chances. Without them, full participation in the workplace and society as an adult will be a constant struggle. Every school needs a rigorous whole-school literacy policy which is implemented systematically across the curriculum and all teachers should view themselves as teachers of literacy, regardless of their subject specialism. Some schools have achieved this and as a result young people are able to not only access the curriculum, but also have the tools to extend their thinking and knowledge with outstanding results."
National Literacy Strategy 2015
"Teachers should develop students’ reading and writing in all subjects to support their acquisition of knowledge. Students should be taught to read fluently, understand extended prose (both fiction and non-fiction) and be encouraged to read for pleasure. Schools should do everything to promote wider reading. They should provide library facilities and set ambitious expectations for reading at home."
National Curriculum Framework 2014
Students should develop the stamina and skills to write at length, with accurate spelling and punctuation. They should be taught the correct use of grammar. They should build on what they have been taught to expand the range of their writing and the variety of the grammar they use. The writing they do should include narratives, explanations, descriptions, comparisons, summaries and evaluations: such writing supports them in rehearsing, understanding and consolidating what they have heard or read.
Ofsted have identified the following as being key in raising the attainment of learners in literacy:
- Teachers with high expectations for students’ achievements in literacy.
- An emphasis on speaking and listening skills from an early age.
- A rigorous, sequential approach to developing speaking and listening and teaching reading, writing and spelling through systematic phonics.
- Sharp assessment of progress in order to determine the most appropriate programme or support.
- Carefully planned provision to meet individual needs.
- Rigorous monitoring of the impact of provision.
- High-quality pastoral care to support learning in literacy.
- Highly effective use of time, staff and resources.
At Khalsa Seconday Academy, we ensure that all of these factors are central to our planning and provision. Literacy is at the heart of what we do as a school.
Useful Information for Parents
The National Literacy Trust believes that ‘Parents are a child’s first educator and have the greatest influence on a child’s educational. This important fact is borne out by a wide range of research that can be summed up by the following conclusion: “Parental involvement in their child’s reading has been found to be the most important determinant of language and emergent literacy.”
(Bus, van Ijzendoorn and Pellegrini, 1995).’
“Being more enthusiastic about reading and a frequent reader was more of an advantage, on its own, than having well-educated parents in good jobs.”(Reading for Change, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, 2002).
What can you do?
- Reading at home can include listening to your child read, reading with them or simply making sure they are given the opportunity to read independently.
- Ask them about what they have been reading and get them to share their favourite parts of the book or story with you.
- Encourage them to read a range of materials such as newspapers, reports and non-fiction texts as well as fiction.
- Encourage your child to check their written work and take an interest in their homework.
- Ask them to read their homework to you and encourage them to proof read and correct any mistakes that they find.
The following links are recommended by the National Literacy Trust and further information can be found on their website.
Pearson guide to reading with your child:
Waterstones – book recommendations for children:
Useful Information for Students
- Check Show My Homework for useful information.
- Use your exercise book as a key word bank and highlight new words as you learn them.
- Always ask if you don’t know how to correct a mistake.
- Write out spelling mistakes 3 times to help to learn them.
- Read often and widely to broaden your vocabulary and improve your reading and writing skills.
- Always proof read your work and make it as accurate as possible.
- Use your literacy skills in all pieces of written work.
- Ask parents / carers to read your work or read it to them. Listen to any advice they give you!
"Numeracy is a proficiency that involves confidence and competence with numbers and measures. It requires an understanding of the number system, a repertoire of computational skills and an inclination and ability to solve number problems in a variety of contexts. Numeracy also demands practical understanding of the ways in which information is gathered by counting and measuring, and is presented in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables."
National Framework for teaching Mathematics
Mathematical skills can be consolidated and enhanced when students have opportunities to apply and develop them across the curriculum. Numeracy is a key skill in students' learning and all students are entitled to quality experiences in this area. The teaching of numeracy is the responsibility of all staff. Curriculum areas will endeavour to ensure that materials presented to students will match their capability both in subject content and in numerical demands. They will liaise with the Mathematics department when appropriate in order to support their teaching of numeracy.
All teachers should consider students' ability to cope with the numerical demands of everyday life and provide opportunities for students to:
- Interpret data, charts and diagrams
- Process information
- Solve problems
- Check answers
- Understand and explain solutions
- Make decisions based on logical thinking and reasoning.
Useful Information for Parents
Support and encourage the development of your child’s Numeracy.
Support the school in the implementation of whole school expectations of numeracy skills in order to maximise the potential of your child and therefore all learners.
Familiarise yourselves with the Numeracy skills expected of your child and support the learning of your child at home.
On Fronter we have a range of resources available for your child across all key stages such as links to various external websites; videos to help support your child; the textbooks used in school; past exam question and various other documents.
Some external useful websites to support numeracy are:
- BBC Skillwise www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/maths aimed at: key stages 3 and 4, a fantastic website from the BBC which is aimed at bringing you up to speed with all the key kills that students need to succeed at maths today.
- Nrich www.nrich.maths.org aimed at all key stages. If your child can do a few puzzles a week off this site, it will do them a lot more good than reading over the textbook again and again ever will. These puzzles teach children how to think and solve problems for themselves, which are essential skills for success at maths and all subjects. Each puzzle comes complete with a worked answer and details of the thought processes involved.
- Maths Mistakes www.mathsmistakes.org aimed at all key stages. Lots of mistakes made by real students, which can form the basis of a useful discussion of a topic, and hopefully ensure your child does not make the same mistakes.
Useful Information for Students
Use your exercise book whenever necessary to support your strategies when solving a problem, or to make notes of a problem that you need further assistance with.
Attempt to use key words learnt in mathematics lessons to support your learning in other subjects.
Encourage parental involvement by sharing the work done daily in school and emphasising where numerical skills have been used.