Teaching and Learning Times


Welcome to the T&L Times - a CPD email which is intended provide fresh ideas (or share 'golden oldies') on a specific Teaching and Learning topic. Each article is intended to be '5 minute CPD', however further reading material will be provided if you wish to explore the topic in more detail.

Literacy and Numeracy Across the Curriculum


As a starter, students could be challenged to develop literacy and/or numeracy using the following methods.


  • Think of as many words on the topic as possible.
  • Link together five words from the last lesson.
  • Come up with one word each, then work in small groups to link the words together in a 'scrabble board' style.
  • Link words together and explain their connections.


  • Any of the above, adding together their scores/competing for highest score.
  • From a set number of letters (e.g. 10 letters) come up with the highest scoring key word possible.
  • From a set number of letters, create as many words as possible and calculate score.

For further developments on this idea, see: http://cheneyagilitytoolkit.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/scrabble-tiles.html?q=literacy

Numeracy in English

In Scotland, the 'Curriculum for Excellence' places responsibility on every class teacher to develop Literacy, Numeracy and Health and Wellbeing across the curriculum. This example: http://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/teacher-blog/2013/jan/16/teaching-maths-poetry-oulipo-classroom demonstrates how numeracy can be developed through English and provides inspiration for other subjects.

Literacy Mat

Literacy mats can be used as a 'crib sheet', giving students access to key word spellings, connectives, exam question command words and sentence openers.

This idea could be developed for numeracy, providing students with easy access to key numerical concepts in each subject.

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Further reading

http://www.suffolkmaths.co.uk/pages/1NumeracyAcrossCurriculum.htm - numeracy development resources for History, Geography, Art, ICT and several other subjects.

http://nrich.maths.org/4770 - 'Creative approaches to Mathematics across the Curriculum'

http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/resources/good-practice-resource-literacy-across-curriculum-aston-manor-academy - examples of good practice in Literacy across the curriculum