The development of essential Literacy Skills is viewed as a key priority at Nansen Primary School – A Park View academy.
All pupils will have a daily literacy lesson. The children will learn to write many different fiction and non-fiction genre. Children are exposed to a range of Genres both for reading and writing. Children experience a wide range of activities through Educational Visits, Visitors to school and stimulating Literacy lessons to enhance their experiences which in return have a positive impact on their writing. We use ‘Visual Literacy’ within the curriculum, using extracts from selected DVDs or still pictures or photographs to stimulate and capture ideas for writing, alongside a variety of texts.
Children follow the National Curriculum through using the National Strategy for Literacy. Literacy is also at the heart of the Creative Curriculum where all the foundation subjects are taught through a thematic approach.
Speaking and listening is the foundation of all language. In the Early Years, where the children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and in Year 1 there is a lot of focus on speaking and listening skills across the whole curriculum.
Developing early reading skills is also of great importance. Children are taught phonics on a daily basis from Early Year Foundation Stage and across Key Stage 1, alongside daily reading activities. A range of opportunities are provided for the children to read at school and they are encouraged to read regularly at home with an adult.
Teaching in Early Years Foundation Stage and KS1 is delivered by the class teacher. In KS2 Literacy Lessons are taught by ‘Specialist Teachers.’ Every child in school knows what level they are working at and their target level for the end of the year. They also know what they need to do to achieve this.