Language and Literacy
Literacy focuses on developing each child’s ability to understand and use language as an integral part of learning in all areas. This enables them to interact effectively with the world around them, to express themselves creatively and to communicate confidently (through Talking and Listening, and Reading and Writing) using a variety of skills and media. Language and Literacy are fundamental prerequisites for thinking, learning and interacting in personal, social and work contexts throughout life. Literacy is therefore key to learning, enjoyment and personal growth.
The learning opportunities that Language and Literacy provides should help young people to develop as:
- contributors to society, and
- contributors to the economy and environment.
The Big Picture of the Curriculum shows how pupils can meet curriculum objectives and develop cross-curricular skills in all areas of learning.
Language and Literacy and the Cross-Curricular Skill of Communication
Communication encompasses the skills of Talking and Listening, and Reading and Writing in a range of contexts across the curriculum. Standards of pupil competency in Language and Literacy are measured through the cross-curricular skill of Communication.
For further information on Progress in Learning and the Statutory Requirements for Language and Literacy, see The Northern Ireland Curriculum Primary.
For further information on the Statutory Requirements for Language and Literacy, see Statutory Requirements for Language and Literacy at Key Stage 1 and Statutory Requirements for Language and Literacy at Key Stage 2.
For more information on Language and Literacy, contact:
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2607
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2631
This resource is a quick guide to using NewsDesk. It will help you to use NewsDesk to it maximum potential and to encourage your pupils to become actively engaged in their own learning.
Success Criteria Cards for Teachers and Pupils
These Success Criteria Cards have been designed to help teachers match reading and writing activities to the appropriate standard, using the Levels of Progression for Communication when carrying out literacy activities. It is recommended that before you introduce these Success Criteria Cards to your pupils, you make them aware of the standards for the skill of Communication. You may wish to use the Ready Reckoners for Talking and Listening, Reading and Writing to help with this.
Reading Success Criteria Cards
Writing Success Criteria Cards
Should you wish to trial the use of these cards in your classroom, we would love to hear from you.
Primary Languages has been developed to assist Primary teachers to develop and integrate an element of language teaching into their classroom.
Teaching ideas, downloadable resources and interactive games to support teachers in delivering basic Irish lessons and activities in Shared Cultural Hertiage.
These resources help to build capacity within primary schools so that they can teach elements of Ulster-Scots and shared cultural heritage using existing staff and resources.