If you can say it then you have a better chance of writing it.
This is not a post about teaching literacy but simply a post with some resources attached (see below).
At Bridgwater College Academy, levels of literacy are currently low on entry and just one of the many strategies we use is to encourage and insist on the use of the correct subject specific academic language in full sentences – from Reception through to Key Stage 4.
If children can say ’tyrannosaurus rex’ then they can say ‘gastrocnemius’ or ‘latissimus dorsi’.
Our year 4 children can!
So here are some posters we put around the academy to remind and encourage our children to sound like they know what they are talking about!
I have shared these via twitter (@chrismoyse) and several people have asked for copies so here they are. Download links are below.
Sportswomen, sportsmen and coaches https://www.dropbox.com/s/33kqsb8rqz8vz57/coaches.pdf?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/4n068agg8akeb34/gymnasts.pdf?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/j7nagqhtscp75ss/sports%20analysts.pdf?dl=0
Chemists, biologists, physicists and scientists https://www.dropbox.com/s/7bofgen83uadwsf/biology2.pdf?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/1qlox2k84v9bk4m/biology.pdf?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/rb76jec20q446lw/chemists.pdf?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/v9fjcaie8tjginz/physics.pdf?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/q3otwglyvln3y8v/Scientist%202.pdf?dl=0
Further stuff on oracy:
If you want to see how a school is developing oracy and vocabulary here are three very good places to start – all from @shaun_allison, @atharby and the staff of Durrington High School.
For us it’s a work in progress.
Hope the resources come in useful.