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Literacy and Numeracy
Literacy and Numeracy Progress at Whitworth Community High School
- All staff at WCHS see Reading, Writing and Communication and Numeracy as an integral part of teaching and learning and incorporate strategies in lessons to enable students to become confident and articulate communicators.
- All students at Whitworth are encouraged to read regularly to develop their literacy skills. Students (and staff) ‘Drop Everything and Read’ four days a week during form time. Students in Ys 7-9 follow the Accelerated Reading programme and borrow a book from the Library but all students are also encouraged to bring in their own reading materials. Y10 students read a subject specific text once a week provided by our faculties with accompanying discussion questions to test their comprehension and engage them in discussion about issues raised by the text.
- 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.
- 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 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.
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- 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. A standard reading and spelling test is done on entry.
- We use the Lucid software: this is a program testing reading, spelling, comprehension, processing time and handwriting. We test every child in year 7 on entry. All those below average are then re-tested to measure progress.
- Students are then selected for the ‘Achieve’ form. The programme takes place during registration.
- - Core 5/Lexia program is used daily allowing for 20 minutes of intervention support
- - Core 5 is more interesting and colourful that the original Lexia program. It is also more difficult, dealing with more extended texts towards the end.
- - 20 minutes 3 mornings a week and also in Accelerated Reader lessons for Set 5.
- - One morning doing literacy book work (group work). Bought in package is delivered one morning a week. These include graded packs (Spelling made easy/punctuation pack)
- 4 TAs provide support and have responsibility for a particular cohort.
- This continues until students have developed their confidence /skills and the student is within one year of their chronological reading age.
- 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.
- Y9 students also buddy up with Y7 students to help with reading their accelerated reading book.
- All Year 7 students are assigned a username and password during the year 7 induction day in July for Hegarty Maths. This online resource enables students to access short mathematical videos and quizzes for each area of mathematics. Teachers assign specific tasks for students to complete over the summer holidays to narrow and close any gaps which are identified.
- On entry Year 7 are presented with an arithmetic baseline assessment. Students with a below average score are identified and provided with extra support in class from the class teacher, teaching assistant and also assigned specific tasks on Hegarty Maths to complete weekly.
- Students with a below average Standardised Score in Key Stage 2 are prepared and supported to reach the national average score by completing the SAT’s test again at the end of the Autumn Term. This provides the student and teacher with accurate data showing progress and improvement in their mathematics learning.
- All students are encouraged to request additional support and guidance from their teachers during lunch times or use the chrome books to work on Hegarty Maths.
- Some students in Key Stage 3 complete mental arithmetic, timetables and written methods daily through ‘Numeracy Ninja’s’ or ‘Time Table Rockstars’. This encourages quick recall of arithmetic through competition and timed tasks. Students are awarded with coloured Ninja belts and rock star status dependent on the success of their task.