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Literacy & Numeracy Across the Curriculum
Using KS2 data to identify and target pupils with low confidence in numeracy, the programme was designed to spark enthusiasm, promote engagement and build confidence in using every day functional maths - working with interactive, problem solving games and activities. The programme also encourages Year 10 Maths Ambassadors to develop key leadership skills, consolidate their own knowledge and build positive relationships with KS3 pupils; by volunteering as peer mentors during these morning intervention sessions.
Within maths lessons, pupils across all year groups engage with and benefit from competing in the 10 minute Numeracy Ninja challenge 2-3 times per week. They particularly enjoy using the leader board to see progress made as they achieve new Ninja Belts!
Numeracy Across the Curriculum:
INSET for all staff has seen the development of numeracy across the curriculum – linking a designated maths teacher to all curriculum areas; ensuring a consistent school wide teaching approach to key numeracy skills.
All students sit a standardised reading test when they come to the school in order to ascertain their reading age. If their reading age is less than their chronological age, we ask them to sit another parallel test. If the second test agrees with the first, we then ask them to sit a fine-grain decoding assessment.
Students who are three or more years behind with their reading are put onto ThinkingReading, an intensive and highly effective 1-1 decoding intervention.
Students in lower English sets complete Direct Instruction Expressive Writing and Corrective Reading, intervention schemes that address literacy deficiencies like comprehension strategies and grammatical confusion.
In year 7 and 8, students with the greatest needs have an extra lesson of English each week.
Students with poor spelling complete the Direct Instruction Spelling Through Morphographs scheme.
We teach vocabulary explicitly, providing students with definitions and examples. Where appropriate, information in class is presented through extended reading and text dependent questions. We recognise that reading fluency comes from extensive reading practice.
Literacy Across the Curriculum
Once a week, form groups complete a whole class reading session and texts include abridged classics and non-fiction designed to improve general knowledge.
Staff have received INSET about approaches to reading, domain specific literacy and explicit vocabulary teaching, helping to ensure a consistent approach across the school