Literacy is a skill that works across the curriculum. There are three areas to Literacy: Talking and Listening, Reading and Writing.
Talking and Listening – this involves being able to express an opinion, ask and answer questions, take on and maintain a role, use body language to show that they are listening, and use a developing vocabulary.
Reading – this involves developing reading skills so that they are able to read fluently and independently, and are able to understand what they are reading, at various different levels. The children are developing the ability to talk and write about what they have read, and to summarise and paraphrase their reading.
Writing – this involves being able to write fluently and accurately, using appropriate grammar and punctuation, in various genres of text. The children are developing the ability to write in different forms and to plan, organise, draft and edit their work.
Literacy activities take the form of specific literacy tasks which practice and develop skills, as well as topic-based activities which allow the children to use their skills and knowledge about a topic.
At the end of Key Stage 1 (P4), the average child will be working at Level 2. At the end of Key Stage 2 (P7), the average child will be working at Level 4. This means that some children will be above this level, and some will be below this level. Please see the Northern Ireland Curriculum website for more information about these levels. (www.nicurriculum.org.uk)