Literacy across the Curriculum

Literacy is essential to all learning throughout the UTC, in all years and across all subject areas. At the Life Sciences UTC, we know that good literacy skills help students to communicate effectively which is vital for their future careers, and that being confident in their literacy skills allows students to achieve their potential across the curriculum.  Because literacy is integral to our students’ success, we aim to ensure all learners at our college emerge as confident and articulate communicators in all situations and formats.

Reading for pleasure

Research from around the world suggests that reading for pleasure can raise literacy standards and help support student progress. As a school, we take every opportunity to promote reading for pleasure, this includes reading during Academic Mentor time.

For more information on how to support your child’s reading at home, please download our suggested reading lists below. We have also provided a list of exciting books that can be used to engage reluctant readers.

Recommended Reading – Biology
Recommended Reading – Chemistry
Recommended Reading – Maths
Recommended Reading – Physics
Recommended Reading – Psychology

The Word of the Week

Our ‘Word of the Week’ helps students to develop their vocabulary and develop a love for language by exposing them to all sorts of weird and wonderful words. The ‘Word of the Week’ is displayed around the building and used during academic mentor time and in lessons by teachers, and students are encouraged to use it too!

Improving Literacy through Feedback

Years of educational research suggests that one of the best ways to improve students’ skills is through effective feedback. At the Life Sciences UTC, all subjects offer students feedback on their literacy, as well as suggestions on how to improve their spelling, grammar, punctuation and essay writing skills. Literacy errors are consistently highlighted in all subject areas using a blue highlighter pen. Time is given in every lesson to act on feedback. Activities during lesson time regularly offer students opportunities to become better communicators.

If you have any further questions or would like any advice on supporting your daughter or son with literacy at home, please contact their academic mentor.