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Added 12 Feb 2020
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Thank you for booking your place on Literacy for Science.

This three-hour workshop has been designed to help teachers in Key Stage 3 meet the literacy demands of the sciences. There is a focus on the role of vocabulary and scientific language, and the journey from informal speech to formal writing.

The Education Endowment Foundation Guidance Report for improving secondary science highlights a clear link between literacy skills and attainment in science. This workshop will help science teachers and literacy leads ensure they have the strategies in place to ensure no student is left behind.

Participants will:

  • Identify research-based approaches to developing literacy in the sciences
  • Learn to use specific active reading strategies (e.g. DARTS) with science texts
  • Build a toolkit for developing vocabulary
  • Translate reading and vocabulary strategies into writing outcomes

After the training

Following the training, why not read Amanda Fleck's article on science vocabulary to find out more about the importance of robust strategies to embed learning?

Also, our secondary adviser, Catharine Driver, has written a blog on the importance of subject-specific literacy.

You can use the resources from the training to implement what you've learnt, and you can also use your membership to access our secondary resources. You may also want to consider further training to help consolidate what you've gained from the workshop - see all our secondary training.

If you have any questions, please contact schools@literacytrust.org.uk