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Profoundly good – Basic skills
Here are some ideas as to how to provide opportunities to improve the literacy and numeracy of your students:
- Allow time for extended writing tasks in every lesson. By completing examination styles questions in silence each lesson, students will become used to the style and content required to be successful at GCSE.
- Teach the RUGS framework for answering a longer question. Read the question and underline the command words and keywords. Understand – check that you understand what the question is asking you to do. List the keywords and key points (calculations) that you will need to answer the question. Go! – Answer the question. One mark = one minute. Sensible? Check – read the question again. Read the answer. Have you answered the question?
- Make sure that students know the subject specific vocabulary needed for your subject. This needn’t be just learning a long list. Learning vocabulary can be made into lots of games. Anagrams of key words make great hooks or activities on arrival. You can allocate individual students a key word to become an expert on and test them on what their word is and what it means. Have a word wall of the key vocabulary in your room and update it regularly.
- Ask students to read out loud as often as you can. It doesn’t need to be in front of the whole class, just ask them to read out what they have written or the question when they ask for help or you are moving around the room.
- Use a reading strategy when asking students to read out loud to the class – “say popcorn when you want to stop and I’ll take over from you”.
- Ask students to correct key spelling mistakes (x3/5/10 depending on how many times they have the incorrect spelling in their work) as part of their DIRT.
- Make sure that you know what the Academy approach is to the Maths content in your lessons. Use the Numeracy across the Curriculum guide to help you plan for how to make it accessible for lower ability pupils.
- Use diagrams to make calculations more accessible for students. There are examples of this in the Numeracy guide and on mymaths.co.uk. Ask a member of the Maths Department for the username and password.