# Literacy and Numeracy evening 2012

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"Literacy and Numeracy evening 2012"

```					LITERACY and NUMERACY
at
SWHCS
Key Aims:
• Your child will have a smooth transition from
the primary to the secondary school literacy
and numeracy programme
• You as parents will be able to support your
child’s literacy and numeracy in an
appropriate way.
What number is half of 6?

6 is half of what number?
What number is half of 6?

6 is half of what number?
Calcium oxide can be used to make calcium
hydroxide.

The equation for the reaction is
CaO + H2O ? Ca(OH)2

This reaction is an example of
A hydration
B neutralisation
C oxidation
D thermal decomposition
Good enough for the mark?
1) You add them up and take away from 1800
2) Because it's a triangle
3) Coz they add up to 1800
4) B is 900 and the whole triangel is 1800
5) All the angles should add to 1800
6) Angles in a triangel add up to 1800
7) 900 + 350 = 1250. 1800 - 1250 = 550. It's a triangle.
8) Angle sum of triangle
VOCABULARY
ASPECTS OF LITERACY
Why is Literacy
important?

• Literacy changes lives.
I take it you already know
Of tough and bough and cough and dough?
Others may stumble, but not you,
On hiccough, thorough, lough and through?
Well done! And now you wish, perhaps,
To learn of less familiar traps?
Beware of heard, a dreadful word
That looks like beard and sounds like bird,
For goodness sake don't call it deed!
Watch out for meat and great and threat
(They rhyme with suite and straight and
debt).
A moth is not a moth in mother,
Nor both in bother, broth in brother,
And here is not a match for there
Nor dear and fear for bear and pear,
And then there's dose and rose and lose -
Just look them up - and goose and choose,
And cork and work and card and ward,
And font and front and word and sword,
And do and go and thwart and cart -
Come, come, I've hardly made a start!
I'd mastered it when I was five!
• We all work hard to develop links
between primary and secondary
school to ensure your child has the
smoothest and most effective
transition.
Transition work
• English teachers are going into most
primary schools over the next two weeks
to start a Literacy-focussed transition
project which will continue into year 7:
– a story based on the concept of ‘My Hero’ -
first chapter at primary school
– marked by their SWCHS Year 7 English
teacher
– chapters 2 and 3 completed over first term in
Year 7
• Primary school and secondary school
Literacy are very similar

• We do mark the same! A Level 5 in
Writing at primary school is the same
as a Level 5 in Writing at secondary.
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Marking Codes
P    = there is some form of punctuation missing or incorrect.

Sp = there is a spelling incorrect in your work that needs to be changed
using a dictionary or following teacher’s corrections

= a circle around a letter means you have forgotten to use a capital
letter where you really need one.

?    = there is a grammatical error in your work that means your sentence
does not make sense. Read through your work aloud and see if you can
corrections

^   = you have missed a word from your work. Check again which word
this may be.

L   = you need to use subject specific language (terminology) to make your
meaning clear.

// and N.P. in the margin means you need to start a new paragraph
here.
Talk
• Talk is THE main tool by which
children learn, whether at primary or
secondary school.
• Speaking and Listening are twins.
• How can we support at home?
• Being able to read confidently and
competently is a key skill
• In nearly every lesson, students will be
practising their skills at skimming,
• To become a competent reader across the
curriculum, students need to know when to
apply each skill.
• How can we support at home?
Writing
• Being able to write accurately and
convincingly for different purposes
and audiences is a fundamental life
skill.
• All teachers have a responsibility to
writing in every lesson
• How can we support at home?
Planner pages
• Encourage your child to use the
literacy pages at the back of their
organisers
• Some of these pages are
ease of reference
NUMERACY
ACROSS THE
CURRICULUM
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How would you do it?
Without discussion, complete the following calculations
using any pencil and paper method with which you feel
most comfortable.

1.   546 + 268 =
2.   546 – 268 =
3.   329 x 28 =
4.   765 ÷ 17 =
Consistency of approach
 Discuss in groups the methods used
based on personal experiences.
 Were there a variety of methods used?
Use of a number line
Grid method
Example, 248 x 58
Napiers Bones
Division by chunking
Pupil Forum - Numeracy
   Students were selected from middle ability maths sets in
years 7, 8 and 9.
   They were all able to give examples of where they used
maths in other lessons.
   They were asked to consider their numeracy skills and
whether they had a positive or negative impact on their
learning in other subjects.

They used discussion groups and recorded their
experiences using diagrams and bullet points.
And here’s what they said……….
“I found it difficult to read the scales. I felt
really stupid. When I eventually put my
hand up and asked, the teacher explained
it really well.”
“I couldn’t remember how to convert
measures – I’m so glad my mum has done
cooking with me at home - this really
helped!”
   “Science is just maths in disguise.”
   “Geography is all about collecting
information and putting into a graph, like
traffic surveys and river measures. I’m
Food for thought!
   How can you be sure that poor numeracy
skills are not preventing them from making
progress in other subjects?
What Next? ….
   Joint ‘Numeracy’ Project with Science

   Be assured that if you are confident in supporting your
child in Numeracy you are in fact supporting their
learning across the curriculum.

   Do not hesitate to contact us if you need any further