Principles for Literacy learning at Harlands
At Harlands, we aim to support the children in learning the skills they need for reading, writing, speaking and listening, and grammar.
We do this through fostering a love of the written word and how we interact with it on a daily basis.
We encourage children to:
- explore a wide variety of different text types
- consider the purpose of their writing
- consider the role of writing and how to adapt it for their audience
- understand the importance of Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (GPS) to avoid ambiguity and enhance their writing
- improve their speaking and listening skills through discussion, role play and sharing of ideas
- develop a love of reading by exposing them to high quality texts
We strive for all children at Harlands to have a passion for literacy and the confidence to apply these skills in all areas of their learning.
Children at Harlands experience literacy through discrete lessons and cross-curricular learning.
In Key Stage 1, children have regular ‘literacy’ sessions which cover a variety of different skills as well as daily guided reading sessions, phonics/spelling lessons, Rainbow Writing sessions and handwriting activities.
In Key Stage 2, children have regular ‘literacy’ sessions which cover a variety of different skills. Additional weekly literacy activities may include guided reading, GPS and handwriting.
Literacy skills are applied across the curriculum.
Skills Development and Assessment
Our progressive literacy curriculum allows for growth and consolidation as the children continue their journey through Harlands.
They acquire many new skills, techniques and understanding around audience and purpose.
Assessment of literacy involves ongoing formal and informal assessment, for example:
- Big Write / Independent Writing tasks where the children will be expected to apply all of the relevant skills they have to a particular writing task
- regular reading sessions with teachers in small groups, as well as independent reading tasks
- weekly informal phonics/spellings assessments in Years 1 and 2 then regular spelling tests in Years 3-6
- termly formal test papers in Years 2-6 for reading and GPS
- Harlands Herald – our school newspaper written for the children, by the children. All Key Stage 2 children are welcome to get involved by writing articles, creating puzzles, making games and undertaking ground-breaking investigative journalism by interviewing senior members of staff,
- cross-curricular workshops to explore new topics or consolidate knowledge
- writing articles for the weekly newsletter
- World Book Day celebrations including dressing up, activities in school, competitions and workshops/performances from drama groups and authors
- partnerships with local schools for competitions, for example, Performance Poetry
Useful Resources to support Literacy Learning
- BBC Bitesize primary - lots of activities to help children to develop their literacy skills www.bbc.co.uk/education/highlights/sections/primary
- World Book Day – a variety of different information and activities for all ages linked to reading www.worldbookday.com/resources/primary
- The Imagination Tree –creative ideas for activities to use at home with your readers and writers www.theimaginationtree.com/category/learn/literacylearn