Literacy and numeracy, literacy and numeracy, literacy and numeracy. Not a day goes by without hearing those words, often followed by a word that begins with “F” – framework.
We all know what is meant by literacy and numeracy, and we could all reel off a list of ways in which we now incorporate the LNF into our lessons. However, two questions we might want to consider before we claim to have successfully embedded the LNF are:
- Am I using literacy and numeracy to improve pupil learning of my actual subject?
- Am I challenging pupils accordingly in their use of literacy and numeracy?
Marrying those two things together is the key making the LNF work for the pupils, rather than it simply being a shoe-horned, lip-service paying exercise.
Infographics are one thing you should try as a way of using literacy and numeracy to improve learning of your subject in way that challenges all pupils. Here’s an example of how we use them in History but can easily be adapted for many other subjects:
1. Pupils are given a page of statistics (or even collect their own stats) about the topic, in this case the two armies before the Battle of Hastings.
2. Pupils are then provided with a numeracy worksheet based on the stats. The worksheet increases in difficulty, providing real challenge for all pupils.
3. One the worksheet is complete, pupils then turn their answers into actual infographics. This example has bar graphs, pie charts, ratios as well as use of simple addition and division.
4. Here comes the literacy. Using this planning grid below, which looks at reasons why William won the battle….
…pupils give their evidence as to why William won and explain that evidence’s importance. Pupils can use the infograph to cite real evidence as to why William had the advantage, as these two images show:
5. In this case, pupils then had to write an essay explaining why William won, citing some numerical evidence from the infograph.
In this example, not only have a large number of the LNF strands been hit, but crucially, two things can be said about the activity;
- Learning of the subject was enhanced through use of literacy and numeracy
- Through the use of the worksheets, all pupils were challenged to use literacy and numeracy according to their ability
As this activity could be easily transferable to other topics and subject, I feel it is certainly one thing you should try.