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1 The Literacy Programme at Bradbury School “The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” - Dr. Seuss, "I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!"

2 Beliefs and Values in Literacy Literacy is fundamental to learning, thinking and communication, and permeates the whole curriculum Literacy is the major connecting element across the curriculum – Applied across subject areas – Applied throughout the transdisciplinary programme of inquiry

3 Good Learning Practice Literature is an integral part of the curriculum Books are read to be – Enjoyed – Discussed – Analysed – Compared – Contrasted Students learn how to – understand, interpret and respond to ideas, attitudes and feelings – think critically – make predictions and inferences

4 Good Learning Practice Writing is a significant activity in classes of all ages When learning to write, students are encouraged to – focus on meaning rather than accuracy – enjoy the writing process

5 The Role of Literacy in the POI Literacy is taught through the relevant, realistic context of the units of inquiry Literacy instruction supports students’ inquiries and the sharing of their learning

6 How Literacy Practices are Changing Increased emphasis on: Promoting integrated language development Decreased emphasis on: Teaching language as isolated strands A literature-based approach to learning language A teaching approach that sees making mistakes in language as inevitable and necessary for learning Reading for meaning Reading selected according to interest level Making culturally diverse reading material available Using skill-drill texts and workbooks to learn language A teaching approach that focuses on encouraging students not to make mistakes in language Decoding only for accuracy Reading selected according to decoding level Having only monocultural reading materials available

7 How Literacy Practices are Changing Increased emphasis on: Focusing on meaning when reading and writing Decreased emphasis on: Focusing primarily on accuracy when reading and writing Encouraging appropriate cooperative discussion in the classroom Writing as a process Developing a range of independent spelling strategies Using language for creative problem solving and information processing A range of appropriate assessment methods such as conferencing, miscue analysis, and writing sample analysis Enforcing silent, individual work in the classroom Writing only as a product A dependence on the teacher as the only source of correct spelling Using language for rote learning Standardized reading and writing assessments

8 Knowledge and Skills in Language The learning process involves Learning Language – As students listen to and use language with others in their everyday lives Learning About Language – As students try to understand how language works Learning Through Language – As students use language as a tool to think about, or reflect on a theme, concept or issue

9 LITERACY STRANDS Listening and Speaking Reading Writing

10 LITERACY STRAND Listening and Speaking Students learn to: Listen and respond to a range of texts, and to the ideas and opinions of others Improve fluency and accuracy when speaking Ask and answer questions; relate and retell; persuade; talk about needs, feelings, ideas or opinions; contribute to discussions Recognize that oral language needs to be appropriate to the audience and to the purpose

11 LITERACY STRAND Reading and Writing Students learn to: Read and write for enjoyment, instruction and information Recognize and appreciate the variety of literary styles, genres and structures; poetry, plays and stories; creative, informative, instructional, persuasive and reflective text Understand and apply a variety of structures, strategies and literary techniques – Spelling, grammar, prediction, plot, character, punctuation, voice


13 LITERACY IN YEAR 3 AND YEAR 4 Speaking, Listening, Reading, Writing

14 Aims How your child will continue to develop their skills in: Speaking and Listening Reading Writing

15 Speaking and Listening Oral language encompasses all aspects of Speaking and Listening. These are skills that are essential for ongoing language development. Learners show an understanding of the wide range of purposes of language. We communicate to: Instruct Inform Entertain Reassure

16 What Speaking and Listening Looks Like in the Classroom Think/Pair/Share Debate Horseshoe Conscience Alley Sharing Time Circle Time Show and Tell Role Play Hot Seating Questioning/Responding Readers Theatre Giving and receiving feedback Group roles – reporter, recorder Body language Following Instructions

17 Reading and Writing Development Learning to read and write is a very complex process All children are different and their reading and writing development varies

18 Reading Strategies Meaning, structure and visual cues Cross-checking Self-correction Skipping Chunking Predicting words Fluency

19 Comprehension Strategies Activating prior knowledge Questioning Summarising Synthesising Visualising Making connections Inferring Vocabulary extension Monitoring comprehension

20 What reading looks like in the classroom Guided Reading Readers Theatre Shared Reading Reading Response Reading Games Big Books Buddy/Paired Reading Acting Out Cloze Read and Create

21 How to support reading at home Read with your child - early readers benefit from hearing good readers and this is an opportunity to share and discuss information presented in texts Give encouragement and praise whenever your child chooses to read Talk about characters, settings, plots and events in texts Encourage your child to read a wide variety of texts Encourage your child to express their opinion about texts, to justify their reactions Encourage your child to try different ways to work out a word they don’t know Discuss how the meaning of an unknown word was worked out Ask questions about the text your child is reading (see handout)

22 Emergent Writing Phase Children are aware that speech can be written down They rely on familiar topics to write about such as greeting cards, lists and letters Children will demonstrate one-to-one correspondence by representing most spoken words in their written text

23 Example of Emergent Writing Phase

24 Early Writing Phase Children will produce a small range of texts that exhibit some of the conventions of writing eg, retells, reports and weekend news At this stage your child will have a small bank of high frequency words that they spell correctly eg, and, they, come, have When writing unknown words they rely on phonic knowledge

25 Example of Early Writing Phase

26 Transitional Writing Phase Transitional writers show increasing control over the conventions of writing such as punctuation, spelling and text organisation They consider audience and purpose when selecting ideas and information to be included in texts They compose a range of texts including explanations, narratives, brochures and electronic presentations Writing shows evidence of a bank of known words that are spelt correctly Transitional writers are moving away from a heavy reliance on sounding out and are beginning to integrate visual and meaning-based strategies to spell unknown words

27 Transitional Writing Samples

28 What writing looks like in the classroom Modeled Writing Guided Writing Independent Writing Deconstructing Texts Revising, Editing Using Word Sources – Dictionaries/Charts

29 How can you help at home? Provide opportunities for your child to write at home e.g. e- mails, invitations, shopping list, diary Writing competitions Scrapbooks Support spelling attempts and praise their willingness to “have a go”. Help with spelling journals Read with your child. Reading aloud helps with vocabulary Talk about how the different ways texts are organized, e.g. recipes, comics, newspapers, stories

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