Literacy skills are essential in our everyday lives and at Wimborne Primary School we aim to prepare our pupils for a successful future. Children are in grouped sets for Literacy, working alongside a teacher to develop their understanding in reading, writing and speaking and listening. Teachers use the unit overviews to plan their Literacy lessons while creating as many opportunities to link to the year group’s current curriculum topic. For example, when looking at suspense stories, year 5 used their topic work on the Titanic to create disaster themed stories. As part of Literacy lessons, teachers plan activities to develop children’s sentence construction. These activities are normally at the beginning of lessons and involve the children actively taking part in writing activities and tasks linked to interesting images.
At the end of each taught unit, children are given an opportunity to show what they have learnt about the writing skills linked to their current genre. This is a timed task within a specific context which enables teachers to assess what the children have learned and which skills need to be developed during the next unit. Guided groups are used to teach children specific writing skills as the units progress. This is a perfect time to work with smaller groups of children on targets linked to their writing. Wherever possible, Literacy lessons are linked to real life skills so learning is purposeful and engaging. With thanks to the newly purchased laptops, children are using the internet and word processing packages to take their literacy even further. Children are now responding to their teacher’s feedback using polishing pens in order to make their work shine!