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    In this recorded professional learning session, Lyn Rogers and Andrea Soanes discuss how your students’ literacy skills can be deliberately fostered within your science programme. We explore some simple strategies to support literacy skills such as vocabulary development, comprehension, oral language and writing in the science classroom.

    Love the opportunity to learn more ideas to support learners.


    In the webinar, we explore how science and literacy can be integrated by:

    • discussing how literacy practice can be deliberately incorporated into your science programme
    • discussing how improving literacy skills can enhance science learning
    • sharing some simple strategies to support literacy skill building.

    See links above to view the video of this professional development session and to the PowerPoint presentation. You may find it easier to download these.

    Science and literacy discussion forum

    There is an ongoing discussion channel on Slack you may wish to join to discuss integrating science and literacy with other New Zealand educators. This link may expire: if it does, contact us via our enquiries email,, and we will send you a new link.

    Nature of science

    The idea of developing scientific literacy is explored in this session – notably, its connection to the nature of science where, by fostering literacy skills, teachers can support their students to develop the ability to communicate their science understandings and apply these to the wider world.

    Related content

    These ideas are also explored in the related PLD sessions Science and literacy – making connections and Fostering literacy through primary science.

    A range of resources on the Science Learning Hub have been designed to support teachers fostering literacy skills in science contexts. These include a variety of articles, teacher PLD and activities. Some examples are: Reading aloud text with secondary students, Reading to learn about New Zealand birds and their conservation, Climate change – a wicked problem for classroom inquiry, Integrating numeracy and literacy using rockets and Easy care sheep traits – three level reading guide.

    Useful links

    Science Online and Literacy Online provide more information both about the nature of science and how to foster students’ literacy skills.

      Published 10 October 2017 Referencing Hub articles