Reading Across the Curriculum

Every subject in school relies on the students being able to decipher meaning through the written word however, the way in which students are required to read varies from subject to subject.

This term our students will be introduced to ‘Read Like A…’ posters in every subject they encounter in school. Subject specialists have created the resource which outlines the five key reading strategies students need to decipher meaning in each subject!

Read Like A Literary Scholar

This week the English Department and I would like to introduce you to the English Department Poster. When students attend their English lessons they are required to ‘read like a literary scholar’. This includes them looking for layers of meaning in the texts they read and being able to decipher between: what is the literal meaning ? What is being implied? As students advance through the years they should begin to explore any deep, more profound messages or ideas?

Students should also be looking for specific devices used by writers, the tools of the writer HINT: Writers can create meaning using a RANGE of tools in the language and structure.

When we explore literature in English students should LOOK FOR LINKS, REFERENCES AND CONNECTIONS WITHIN TEXTS ACROSS GENRES for example, Can you link language or imagery to: The bible? Mythology? Something else written by this writer? Something else from this genre or time period? Finally, as they read students should LOOK FOR BIG IDEAS THE WRITER IS TRYING TO EXPLORE HINT: Profound human ideas, like love, death, good & evil, ambition, power, conflict, adversity etc.

These are the reading skills we endeavour to embed in the literary armour of our students to ensure that every child leaves us able to read like a literary scholar. When your child is completing homework at home please use the poster to help guide the way they read the materials and explore meaning.

Read Like A Scientist

This week the Science Department and I would like to introduce you to the Science Department Poster. When students attend their Science lessons they are required to ‘read like a scientist’.

This includes them looking for specific key words and the place of the work in the greater scientific picture: what do the words tell us happening? What do we know about the scientific processes that are occurring ? How do these processes affect us and the world around us? As students advance through the years they will build up their scientific knowledge and start to see how processes in every part of our world are linked together.

Students will also learn how to look for and analyse scientific data: what does the data tell us about the system or process that we are observing? Can we present the data in the form of a table or graph, so that we can easily share it with our peers? When we explore scientific methods and reports, the data doesn’t just tell us about the findings of the experiment; it shows us a small piece of the big picture of how the universe itself works. Students should look for connections between each and every topic that they study; it is all linked together, and these links will become more apparent as they build up their scientific knowledge.

These are the reading skills we endeavour to embed in the literary armour of our students to ensure that every child leaves us able to read like a scientist. When your child is completing homework at home please use the poster to help guide the way they read the materials and search for relevant data.

Read like a Theologian

This week the Religious Education department and I would like to introduce the RE Department Poster. When students attend their RE lessons they are required to ‘read like a theologian’.  This enables our students to read for meaning whilst broadening their prospective.  This allows all abilities to access key Catholic concepts as they look for meaning, which in turn enables students to give context to religious theories that are explored.

Students should be using the key terms and concepts within their writing in order to be able to confidently express their opinions whilst using them when examining different religious beliefs. Students should look for comparisons or differences of belief, they should be able to evidence these beliefs in their writing, for example can you compere which belief or opinion is more valid and give reasons? Can pupils identify how the belief effects a person’s way of life, their behaviour ensuring that they can look for evidence to support their answer.

These are the reading skills that we continue to strive to encourage our students to use throughout their RE experience in order to read like a theologian.  When your child is completing homework please use the poster to help guide the way the read.