Literacy focuses on developing each child’s ability to understand and use
language as an integral part of learning in all areas in order to interact
effectively with the world around them, to express themselves creatively
and to communicate confidently (through talking and listening, 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 a key to
learning as well as a key to enjoyment and personal growth. (P49 N.I. Curriculum document)
Language and Literacy is one of the six Areas of Learning in the Northern Ireland Curriculum. It is considered a holistic way of taking into account the integral nature of Talking and Listening and Reading and Writing. These skills are used to extend across all other areas of the curriculum.
The statutory curriculum for Language and Literacy is structured as follows:
Foundation Stage: Pupils develop knowledge, understanding and skills in: Attention and Listening Skills; Phonological Awareness; Social use of Language; Language and Thinking; an Extended Vocabulary; Reading; and Writing..
Key Stages One & Two: Pupils develop knowledge, understanding and skills in: Talking and Listening; Reading; and Writing.
Talking and Listening