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Reading, Writing, Communication and Mathematics Across the Academy

Reading, Writing, Communication and Mathematics

These skills are at the heart of students being able to learn in all subject areas. By developing these skills students work better across the curriculum. Reading, Writing Communication and Mathematics, otherwise referred to as RWCM, aren’t just taught in English and Mathematics, but in every subject. We also offer extra-curricular activities such as our ‘Write Club’, ‘Chess Club’ and ‘Debate Mate’.

We know the importance of working with parents/carers to support students, which is why we have included some resources on this page.

Reading, Writing and Communication

A love of reading sets all students up for the best start. We have a library space that our students can access both before and after the Academy day, as well as during break and lunchtimes. Dedicated time is given throughout the week for individual reading and all our students in Year 7 and some from other years are also heard reading as part of our reading strategy.

Students have the opportunity to choose books for the library to take home and a recent grant from the Foyle’s Foundation has been used to buy lots of new books. Authors are invited into the Academy to lead workshops and speak to students about their writing skills.

We really appreciate the help of parents/carers in supporting our work in Reading, Writing and Communication. Here are some of the ways you can support your child at home:

  1.  Talk to your child about what they are reading and check that they understand the text. (See below for suggested reading lists and questions you can ask your child about their book.)
  2. Offer to read with your child, or to read the same book as your child, or ask your child to read with or to a sibling.
  3. Encourage your child to join the library and where possible, to visit a bookshop with you.
  4. Play simple family word games such as Taboo, Scrabble, ‘What’s in the bag’ , or any games that they might play in class. These will develop vocabulary and communication skills.
  5. Encourage your child to read a range of media: newspapers, online information, magazines etc. are all valid forms of reading material and will also enable you to have a discussion with them about what they have read. This will develop their communication skills.
  6. Talk about words you might find tricky to spell or read, and how you remember them.
  7. Encourage your child to have access to a dictionary either in the house, or online.
  8. Encourage your child to use online games to help to improve their vocabulary. There are a variety of resources below which you may wish to use with your child in order to promote their reading, writing or communication skills.
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