Literacy

Literacy is taught in carefully planned contexts to provide a meaningful, relevant and engaging course of study for all of our pupils. Literacy however, is the key to all curricular areas. Teaching in Language comes under four main headings:

Talking skills are formally developed to enable pupils to be effective communicators, for all life situations. Children will be encouraged to express their own ideas, opinions and feelings confidently and articulately.

Listening is the key to all learning. The various skills required to be an effective listener will be developed throughout the seven-year course. Listening units and tapes will be among the learning experiences provided to develop these skills.

Reading is a fundamentally important skill. Emphasis will be placed at the early stages on reading out loud i.e. decoding the printed word into the spoken word. Thereafter more sophisticated reading skills will be developed e.g. higher order comprehension skills, research and reference skills, inference, speculation, in-depth understanding of complex passages etc. The importance of recreational reading will be stressed and encouraged at all stages.

Writing Not only will writing skills for all life purposes be developed but also the important technical skills of spelling, handwriting and grammar. We use a fantastic approach to help our pupils become confident writers, called Talk for Writing.  Talk for Writing is powerful because it enables children to imitate the language they need for a particular topic orally before reading and analysing it and then writing their own version.