22 November 2020

WoW – intermediate            CPD Focus – Reading and Vocabulary

This Week:

Thanks, as always, for your thoughtful planning and delivery.

  • Trainees – in timetabled lessons within subject areas this week.
  • New staff and trainee CPD – remote CPD this week on the theme of numeracy.  Thanks to SYO for materials.  Link here. Please also ensure that last week’s CPD is completed on FBV.
  • Reminders:
    • As is our policy, continue to add lesson resources into weekly folders for each class in Teams.
    • Use Oak National Academy (or other online lesson bank) for cover lessons.
  • Year 7 teachers – continue with the golden rules, even following set changes please.
  • Year 10 teachers –Please use the golden rules across ALL subjects (attached). This will be particularly important in light of band moves for a small group of Year 10s from Monday.




Link to this term’s CPD focus – Reading and Understanding



This question is simple but it is a key lever in ensuring that our curriculum intent is secure because the next question may well be ‘why?’


The following stems may be useful when constructing your ‘big questions’ for the lesson.


The focus for this term has been developing independent reading skills.  So how does this link to reading? Each of the command words in red are useful in eliciting whether or not a student has understood a text, whether it is an extended piece (like an article or source) or an exam question.


Useful references:

Remote Learning Policy

Teaching and Learning Policy (containing blended learning approach)

WLD planning template




Over the last eight months, our mission has been to “stay connected and be kind”.  Our Top Tips in 2 Minutes are one way of doing this.  Please have a look back at the Top Tips offered by your colleagues.  They are stored here



‘Closing the Reading Gap’ – Alex Quigley



Teaching and Learning – Test Yourself!

The new staff and trainee induction session last week was introducing them to our Teaching and Learning Policy.  If you would like a revision session to see if you understand the different elements, test yourself using this questionnaire.


National College of Teaching and Leadership

Please take the time to look at an area in which you have an interest.

Useful CPD webinars (please email RLO if you need your password re-sending)

Webinar: Scaffolding Strategies

Webinar: High Quality Feedback


Microsoft Educator Community


Immersive Reader – lots of resources are available to promote inclusion to help students to become better readers.





Posted by Rachel Long

Category: Teaching and Learning Digests

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