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Mastery and Deeper Learning in Literacy and Numeracy across the Primary Curriculum

embedding literacy

There is an imperative to ensure that all learning across year groups and subject specific teaching within the primary curriculum focuses clearly on how pupils develop their reading, writing, communication and Mathematics skills competently. It is these skills along with the wider personal, learning and thinking skills such as creative thinking, enquiry and group work that provide the rich and deep learning opportunities that will ensure progression, resilience and a love of learning. What we don’t want to do is turn every lesson into a Maths or English lesson but what we do want is to create the opportunities for pupils to make connections and feel confident that they can learn the concept in English and Maths and apply them in the context of learning within many different situations and learning opportunities.

This training will include:-

  • A review of what constitutes evidence linked to OFSTED, current policy and the body of research that exists to confirm the imperative to focus on developing reading, writing, communication and Mathematics in all subjects and themes in order to foster opportunities for deep learning and mastery of the skills
  • An exploration of how children learn and the importance of ensuring pupils have a good understanding of how they learn and the skills that support their learning
  • A focus on the term mastery and defining the practice and pedagogy that has an impact on deep learning
  • An opportunity to look at the power of effective questioning, listening and influencing skills that challenge pupils’ self-belief and creates positive and powerful classroom assessment opportunities
  • Planning how to create an inter-connected curriculum where pupils make links, deepen their knowledge and master the skills for learning
  • Time to create and define a strategy for ensuring literacy and numeracy are integral to learning in all subjects
  • Time to share the learning from the day, focusing on goals and strategies to take back to school using a simple coaching model

The latest OFSTED Inspection Handbook says that inspectors must:-

  • Ensure a consistent application of policies and procedures, in particular in relation to reading, writing, Mathematics and behaviour including:
  • Ensure progress in literacy and Mathematics are assessed by drawing on evidence from other subjects in the curriculum
  • Ensure pupils’ responses, in lessons and over time, demonstrate sufficient gains in their knowledge, skills and understanding, including of literacy and Mathematics
  • Ensure the teaching of reading, writing, communication and Mathematics is highly effective and cohesively planned and implemented across the curriculum

Who is it for?

Managers with responsibility for ensuring literacy and numeracy are integral to learning across the curriculum. Year Heads and teachers who want time to reflect on how best to create opportunities for pupils to develop confidence and competence in their use of the skills that help them to access subject knowledge. This is also for those within school who are involved in developing a curriculum that is rich, has breadth and balance and that will allow pupils to become adept at their use of the skills they need as they move towards the next stage in their education journey.


First Delegate:

£295 +VAT

Second or Subsequent Delegate Price:

£245 +VAT

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