As far as possible, Language will be taught in the context of a carefully planned topic to present as meaningful and relevant a course of study as possible. This will be supplemented with the use of textbooks and other resources. Teaching in Language will be under four main headings:
1 TALKING skills are formally developed to enable pupils to be effective communicators, for all life situations. Children will be encouraged to express their own ideas, opinions and feelings confidently and articulately.
2 LISTENING is the key to all learning. The various skills required to be an effective listener will be developed throughout the seven year course. Listening units and tapes will be among the learning experiences provided to develop these skills.
3 READING is a fundamentally important skill. Emphasis will be placed at the early stages on reading out loud i.e. decoding the printed word into the spoken word. Thereafter more sophisticated reading skills will be developed e.g. research and reference skills, inference, speculation, in-depth understanding of complex passages etc. Recreational reading will be stressed and encouraged at all stages. The main reading programmes are:
- Early Stages - Breakthrough to Literacy and
- of Reading "All Aboard" - Jolly Phonics
- Development "All Aboard", Group Fiction
Children will be taught discrete reading skills in school and should be encouraged to consolidate and develop those skills by reading a wide range of `real` * books matched to pupils`s individual interests. This also helps children see and understand the purpose of learning to read. As a result, children are more likely to be motivated to undertake additional reading.
* By `real` books, we mean books other than school reading schemes.
4 WRITING - Not only will writing skills for all life purposes be developed but the important technical skills of spelling, handwriting and grammar will also be taught. A multi-sensory approach to the teaching of spelling is used. In addition, further developments in the teaching methodologies for children`s writing are ongoing this session.
Handwriting - The style taught is based on a form, known as the "Simple Modern Hand". Starting as a simple script, and linking at P3 to form a concise style, it is hoped pupils will be enabled to write legibly and with speed.
A variety of resources will be employed to assist learning across the levels of study, and approximately 25% at P1 and P2, and 20% at P3-7 of teaching time will be allocated to LANGUAGE.
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