Literacy & Numeracy
“The limits of my language mean the limits of my world” Ludwig Wittgenstein
Reading gives insights into the world, and into ourselves. Reading isn’t just decoding texts. Effective readers use a range of reading strategies. The gap between the word-rich and word-poor begins to widen long before the pupils reach us in secondary schools. Teachers must actively teach reading, demonstrating and instructing pupils, across all curriculum areas. Each subject area and each teacher has a responsibility for the literacy of students in three key areas: speaking and listening; writing; and reading. Unless we deliberately teach these skills, the gap will continue to get wider, especially when there is research suggesting that 30% of households in England have 3 or fewer books.
Improvements in reading at Melior Community Academy are being developed through the use of systems such as Accelerated Reader. Accelerated Reader (AR) is a reading management and monitoring programme that aims to foster independent reading. The internet-based software assesses reading age, and suggests books that match pupils’ needs and interests. Pupils take computerised quizzes on the books and earn AR points as they progress. Delta Academies Trust have also invested in GL assessments for all Year 7 and Year 8 students to be assessed to analyse reading ability.
“The only way you are going to have success, is to have a lot of failures first.” – Sergey Brin – Founder of Google
Numeracy is more than just the ability to do basic arithmetic. It is developing a confidence for problem solving using numbers and measures. Many children and adults alike fear being faced with numerical problems. We believe if we can instil a desire to achieve and a love of learning then there is no limit to what our pupils can achieve. After all, Thomas Edison once said “If I find 10,000 ways something won’t work, I haven’t failed. I am not discouraged because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.”
Students at Melior Community Academy have access to over 900 video lessons and homeworks on Hegarty Maths. All video lessons are taught by Colin Hegarty (Teacher of the Year award 2014, Global teacher top 50 2015) and range from basic numeracy up to grade 9 GCSE content. Over the last two academic years, we have been delighted to see such a positive correlation between pupils GCSE progress and their time spent using Hegarty Maths. Melior Community Academy also offers regular prizes to students who put the hard work into Hegarty Maths.