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Unit 311 Support literacy development

The aims and importance of learning provision for literacy development

Learning provision for literacy development is important for pupils for several reasons. When pupils are developing their language skills they are learning to communicate with others in a variety of ways through speaking reading and writing. The three areas of language interact with each other to promote the child’s self expression and imagination. Children need to be given opportunity’s to use and extend their language in all subject areas so they can develop higher level thinking. [ Louise burnham, Brenda Baker,2010,pg206] Within my school literacy lesson will be planed by the teachers, the teacher will go over the lesson plan with the support staff before hand. Children will be put into ability groups. The teacher will teach the activity to the whole class and the pupils will give their ideas and thoughts on the literacy activity. The teacher will then give the work to the groups depending on their ability. The lower ability group will have the support of the support assistant. Within my school teaching literacy takes place in everyday classroom. The format of this teaching varies to include different activities for each day. Certain aspects of literacy are taught every week. The teachers are to ensure that the work planned is appropriate for the age stage and ability of the children. They use strategies such as talk partners and small group work to allow children to develop their oral skills and ability to communicate and cooperate with their peers. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition of effective oracy skills in the early years and foundation phase. Role play areas are set up in partnership with the children so that they can practice speaking Listening and drama based activities within a manful context. In the juniors teachers seek to build on and develop these oracy skills by planning dram role play activities, discussions debates and encouraging pupils to make individual or small group presentation. Literacy development is important at an early age and is vital that these skills are accessible to all. Within my school we believe that phonics are introduced at an early age they are taught starting in nursery, This works well as the nursery class enjoy learning the jolly phonics songs and remember them well. This then helps the children when they start to read. Children will lower ability levels are taken grouply out of the class and given extra support by a support assistant This really helps the children come on well and result in higher ability levels. Every morning within the classroom reading groups take turns daily to read with a support assistant or the class teacher this is called guided reading they read the group will read the same book and and the teacher and support assistant will record how the children have read into the record book and write down any words they were unfamiliar with so next time they will ask the child to read the words again, this has really helped the children with there reading. Also there are daily reader in each class that are struggling with their reading and these will read daily to the support assistant. Each week spelling tests are set for the older pupils of the school. Children with English as their second language are also give specialist support as a language specialist will come into the school and sit with the pupil through the literacy lesson.

The relevant policy and age related expectations of learners relevant to literacy development.

If you are supporting pupils literacy development you will need to be aware of your schools English or literacy policy. This will outline your schools approach to the teaching of reading, writing, speaking and listening and should follow local or national guidelines. The foundation stage divides the subject areas into language for communication, Language for thinking, Linking sounds and letters, Reading,...
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