29 November 2020

WoW – justification (noun)           CPD Focus – Reading and Vocabulary

Whole-school Priorities


  • Reading widely
  • Reading for pleasure  


  • Spelling of subject-specific vocabulary
  • Use of WAGOLLs to model/scaffold (visualisers, mini-whiteboards)


  • Purposeful and structured communication with others

This Week:

  • Trainees and NQTs – starting to prepare for assessments.
  • New staff and trainee CPD – virtual CPD this week on the theme of SEND.  Materials to be disseminated this week.
  • 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.
  • Golden Rules – please be relentless in applying these rules as they work when used rigorously by all.  Using them in every lesson, every day supports everyone – including our students.






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

As we all know, developing the independence of our students as readers has been a priority over the course of the last term.  The Reciprocal Reading approach is one of our strategies and is part of our T&L Policy.

Granted, the ‘prediction’ element of this process may not always lend itself to certain subject areas; however, the remaining three processes absolutely do: question, clarify and summarise.  These skills are clearly interlinked with Blooms’ Taxonomy in the lower order skills.  For our students to move to the higher order skills, we need to set the foundations:

Bloom's Taxonomy cake style graphic

So this week, reflect on your use of Reciprocal Reading approaches.  If you are not using them, establish the reasons why and discuss within your subject area (or with RLO). Attached to this TLD are some resources that may enable you to embed within your own classroom practice.


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


Tidying up files in Teams – thanks to LCH for this tip


 ‘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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