Support your Child’s Numeracy and Literacy Development

We would like to encourage parents and carers to help pupils develop their skills when they are outside the classroom. The techniques illustrated are used in all subject areas at Studley High and we would like you to reinforce these approaches at home.

Numeracy:

The following notes will help you when supporting your child with their homework tasks, in all areas of the curriculum, to promote the development of their numeric skills.

Here is the link for all Studley students to use for homework: https://hegartymaths.com/

The log in details for Hegarty Maths are: name and date of birth. They then need to create their own password. If for any reason, a pupil has forgotten their password, use the ‘forgot my password’ option and their teacher can reset it. They need to access this website weekly, preferably on Mondays or Tuesdays, to complete their weekly homework by Friday morning.

As well as providing homework, this app enables parents to work with their child and there are resources shared with pupils, accessible by the revision tabs on the top of the school website which they can use as they wish, to improve their Mathematics.
A few websites which could support revision/independent work we suggest are:

https://hegartymaths.com/

Could be used alongside the checklist (found in the student resources tab) to organise what they can/can’t do. Any clip can be accessed independently, doesn’t have to be set by their teacher.

https://www.mathsgenie.co.uk/gcse.html

Booklets organised by GCSE grade, with worked solutions and videos.

https://corbettmaths.com/5-a-day/gcse/

Using the numeracy, or foundation 5 a day questions, with the answers provided.

http://www.maths-resources.com/challenge.html

UKMT challenge questions. Some students in KS3 sit a UKMT challenge this academic year.

https://nrich.maths.org/

Lots of interesting puzzles and games – primary and secondary could be applicable.

Enriches their knowledge of mathematics in new interesting ways. Solutions can be emailed to the creators of this website to feature online.

https://mathsbot.com/gcse/revisionRecall

https://mathsbot.com/gcse/retrieval

Two links to practice recall/retrieval of key facts. Difficult setting can be changed.

https://mathsbot.com/starters/numberOfTheDay

Lots of different questions about a specific number. Difficult setting can be changed.

http://www.maths-resources.com/games.html

Maths games

Literacy:

All teachers are teachers of literacy. As such, the staff of Studley High School are committed to developing literacy skills in all students, in the belief that it will support their learning and raise standards across the curriculum, because:

  • pupils need to develop vocabulary, expression and organisational control to cope with the cognitive demands of subjects
  • reading helps us to learn from sources beyond our immediate experience;
  • writing helps us to sustain and order thought as well as to communicate;
  • language helps us to reflect, revise and evaluate the things we do, and on the what others have said, written or done;
  • responding to higher order questions encourages the development of thinking skills and enquiry;
  • improved literacy is empowering. It can impact on pupils’ self-esteem, on motivation and behaviour and importantly create independent learners.

Reading Development

At Studley High School we recognise the lasting influence that reading has in shaping and developing minds; high levels of progress and learning in almost every academic subject requires strong reading. We truly believe that becoming a fluent reader plays a significant role in preparing young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
At Studley High Shcool, reading skills are taught specifically through English from Year 7 – 11.

Year 7 and 8 students have a dedicated reading programme. Reading is taught through a focus on mainly non-fiction texts and has a focus on extending and developing vocabulary.
All pupils in Years 7-11 are assessed for reading comprehension, reading accuracy and spelling. Assessments take place in September and June for Year 7 pupils and once in the academic year, for other year groups. This assessment gives us a reading age for each individual pupil. This information is shared across the school through Class Charts.

Programmes are then in place for pupils who have a low reading age. This may be through 1:1 intervention in The Den or through our reading buddy programme.

Writing Development

There are personalised programmes for writing, comprehension and spelling in The DEN. This provides our pupils with 1:1 or small group work for structured development.