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Reading, Writing, Communication and Mathematics across the Curriculum

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Reading, Writing, Communication and Mathematics

These skills are fundamental to enabling students to learn in all subject areas and, through developing these skills, we aim to raise standards across the curriculum. Reading, Writing Communication and Mathematics, otherwise referred to as RWCM, are taught not only in English and Mathematics, but also across the curriculum. We support our students in developing these skills in a range of different ways across the curriculum, as well as offering extra-curricular activities such as our ‘Write Club’, ‘Chess Club’ and ‘Debate Mate’. However, we are also aware of how important the support is that you give as parents/carers at home and we hope to provide you with some further information and resources within this page.

Reading, Writing and Communication

Here at MCMA, we are committed to developing the love of reading in all our learners. We have a dedicated 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 within the Academy week for individual reading and our students in Year 7, (as well as many students in other year groups) are also heard read as part of our reading strategy. Students have the opportunity to choose books for the library and a recent grant from the Foyle’s Foundation has been utilised to equip the library with sets of new books. Authors are invited into the Academy and in July 2015, the distinguished author of the Jimmy Coates series, Joe Craig entertained our Year 7 and 8 students and explained to them how to improve their writing skills.

Supporting your child with Reading, Writing and Communication There are numerous things that you can do to support your child in this area. Some suggestions include:

  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.