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Ideas to improve and promote literacy across the school

Discussion in 'English' started by Helenita, Jan 29, 2011.

  1. Helenita

    Helenita New commenter

    Hi Everyone,

    I have recently been given the task of promoting and improving literacy across the school. I am hoping some of you will be able to share with me your own ideas on how to improve literacy across the whole school. I am hoping to create a programme that will involve each year group, however I am aware the school are reluctant to spend money at this time,so the cheaper the ideas the better ;)!!

    Thanks a lot,

    Helenita
     
  2. Helenita

    Helenita New commenter

    Hi Everyone,

    I have recently been given the task of promoting and improving literacy across the school. I am hoping some of you will be able to share with me your own ideas on how to improve literacy across the whole school. I am hoping to create a programme that will involve each year group, however I am aware the school are reluctant to spend money at this time,so the cheaper the ideas the better ;)!!

    Thanks a lot,

    Helenita
     
  3. Our literacy co-ordinator creates basic skills resources that are used in form time, usually in the form of quizzes.
     
  4. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    One cheap idea, is to get together with your colleagues & consider where their subject intersects with literacy (& every subject will of course) & work out some training how they can incorporate some of the literacy ideas into their teaching. An obvious one is Science, where a lot of the writing is 'recount', 'report', instructions etc.
    All that I can immediately think of that involves no cost- just effort & co-operation.
     
  5. <font size="2">Is the aim mainly to improve spelling?</font><font size="2">If so, tutors can bring some of the tricky spellings</font><font size="2">listed at </font>www.englishspellingproblems.co.uk<font size="2"> </font>and in a different way at http://englishspellingproblems.blogspot.com<font size="2"> to the attention of their classes in small doses,</font><font size="2">getting them to test eacher, and to make up word searches and crosswords.</font>
     
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  7. No!
     
  8. We started by focusiing on KS3.
    We asked the KS3 teachers from all subjects to put together a list of key vocabulary/phrases for their subjects.
    Then, the pupils made a whole range of materials: dominoes, matching games, bingo, colour coded charts, snap games and so on. The whole project took a term and involved library lessons, English lessons, assemblies and form tutor time.The pupils interviewed each other in the style of vox pops and wrote and performed raps for different subjects. We then held a spelling bee, with prizes, in the auditorium.
    We also created word walls for the different departments, made a giant bookworm and created a series of posters about how the same word can mean different things in different subjects, (for example: STATE).
    Year 12 and 13 visited different classrooms and read to younger students as part of the Book Week event. This was really popular and the older students were reqarded for their participation in terms of credits towards their community service. We also referred to their work on the university statements.
    None of these things, even the prizes for the spelling bee, cost much, and the upshot was that awareness was raised across all departments. My main aim, of getting everyone to see that literacy doesn't just belong to the English department, was achieved.


     
  9. Hi Pennyrichardson, this sounds really exciting! Is it possible to share some of the resources as samples. I am struggling to create starters for literacy across the curriculum. I have made quite a few since last year but could do with some new ideas.
    meera1701@yahoo.co.uk
     
  10. Might the following list from 2000 help?
    Here are the 600 words, divided by subject, that David Blunkett believes
    children should be able to spell by year 7. How well would you do?
    Monday September 4, 2000
    Common homophones and confusions | Science | Maths | History | Geography |
    RE | Music | Drama | PSHE | PE | Art | D&T | ICT | Library | English
    General spelling list
    accommodation actually alcohol although analyse/analysis argument assessment
    atmosphere audible audience autumn beautiful beginning believe beneath
    buried business caught chocolate climb column concentration conclusion
    conscience conscious consequence continuous creation daughter
    decide/decision definite design development diamond diary disappear
    disappoint embarrass energy engagement enquire environment evaluation
    evidence explanation February fierce forty fulfil furthermore guard happened
    health height imaginary improvise industrial interesting interrupt issue
    jealous knowledge listening lonely lovely marriage material meanwhile
    miscellaneous mischief modern moreover murmur necessary nervous original
    outrageous parallel participation pattern peaceful people performance
    permanent persuade/persuasion physical possession potential preparation
    prioritise process proportion proposition questionnaire queue reaction
    receive reference relief remember research resources safety Saturday
    secondary separate sequence shoulder sincerely skilful soldier stomach
    straight strategy strength success surely surprise survey technique
    technology texture tomorrow unfortunately Wednesday weight weird women
    Common homophones and confusions
    advise/advice a lot of affect/effect allowed/aloud braking/breaking
    bought/brought choose/chose cloth/clothe conscience/conscious course/coarse
    our/are practise/practice quiet/quite sites/sights source/sauce thank you
    threw/through to/too/two
    Science
    absorb acid alkaline amphibian apparatus chemical circulate/circulation
    combustion condensation cycle digest/digestion disperse/dispersal dissolve
    distil/distillation element evaporation exchange freeze frequency friction
    function growth hazard insect laboratory liquid mammal method nutrient
    organism oxygen particles predator reproduce respire/respiration solution
    temperature thermometer vertebrate vessel
    Maths
    addition angle amount approximately average axis calculate centimetre
    circumference co-ordinate decimal degree diameter digit divide/division
    enough equilateral estimate fraction graph guess horizontal isosceles
    kilogram litre measure metre minus multiply/multiplication
    parallel/parallelogram negative perimeter perpendicular positive
    quadrilateral radius regular rhombus rotate/rotation square subtraction
    symmetry/symmetrical triangle/triangular vertical volume weight
    History
    agriculture/agricultural bias castle cathedral Catholic
    chronology/chronological citizen civilisation colony/colonisation conflict
    constitution/constitutional contradict/contradiction current defence disease
    document dynasty economy/economic/al emigration government immigrant
    imperial/imperialism independence invasion motive parliament
    politics/political priest propaganda Protestant rebel/rebellion reign
    religious republic revolt/revolution siege source trade traitor
    Geography
    abroad amenity atlas authority climate contour country county desert
    employment erosion estuary function globe habitat infrastructure
    international landscape latitude location longitude nation/national physical
    pollution poverty provision region/regional rural settlement situation
    tourist/tourism transport/transportation urban wealth weather
    RE
    baptism Bible/biblical Buddhist/Buddhism burial celebrate/celebration
    ceremony Christian commandment commitment creation disciple faith festival
    funeral Hindu/Hinduism hymn immoral/immorality Islam Israel Judaism/Jewish
    marriage miracle moral/morality Muslim parable pilgrim/pilgrimage
    pray/prayer prejudice prophet religious/religion shrine sign Sikh/Sikhism
    special spirit/spiritual symbol synagogue temple wedding worship
    Music
    choir chord chromatic composition/conductor crotchet dynamics harmony
    instrument/instrumental interval lyric major melody minim minor musician
    octave orchestra/orchestral ostinato percussion pitch quaver rhythm scale
    score semibreve synchronise syncopation tempo ternary timbre triad vocal
    Drama
    applause character/characteristics costume curtain director dramatise
    entrance exit freeze improvise inspire lighting movement perform/performance
    playwright position rehearse/rehearsal role scene/scenario script share
    spotlight stage theatre/theatrical
    PSHE
    able/ability achieve/achievement addict/addiction approve/approval
    communication control dependant/dependency discipline discussion effort
    emotion/emotional encourage/encouragement gender generous/generosity
    involve/involvement prefer/preference pressure racism/racist reality
    relationship represent/representative reward sanction sexism/sexist
    stereotype
    PE
    active/activity agile/agility athletic/athlete bicep exercise field
    gym/gymnastic hamstring injury league medicine mobile/mobility muscle
    personal pitch quadriceps qualify relay squad tactic tournament triceps
    Art
    abstract acrylic charcoal collage collection colour crosshatch dimension
    display easel exhibition foreground frieze gallery highlight illusion
    impasto kiln landscape palette pastel perspective portrait sketch spectrum
    D&T
    aesthetic brief carbohydrate component design diet disassemble evaluation
    fabric fibre flour flowchart hygiene ingredient innovation knife/knives
    linen machine manufacture mineral natural nutrition polyester portfolio
    presentation production protein recipe sew specification technology tension
    textile vitamin
    ICT
    binary byte cable cartridge CD-Rom computer connect/connection cursor
    data/database delete disk document electronic graphic hardware icon input
    interactive interface Internet justify keyboard megabyte memory modem module
    monitor multimedia network output password preview processor program scanner
    sensor server software spreadsheet virus
    Library
    Alphabet/alphabetical anthology article author catalogue classification
    content copyright dictionary editor encyclopaedia extract fantasy genre
    glossary index irrelevant/irrelevance librarian magazine non-fiction novel
    photocopy publisher relevant/relevance romance section series system
    thesaurus
    English
    advertise/advertisement alliteration apostrophe atmosphere chorus clause
    cliche comma comparison conjunction consonant dialogue exclamation
    expression figurative genre grammar imagery metaphor myth narrative/narrator
    onomatopoeia pamphlet paragraph personification playwright plural prefix
    preposition resolution rhyme scene simile soliloquy subordinate suffix
    synonym tabloid vocabulary vowel

     
  11. Connecting students with books they like is important, maybe there could be a focus on helping students to recognise the types of books they like reading and how they can aquire those books. I'm a big advocate of teaching through the use of games also, there's a list of a few literacy games here you could try too.
     

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