Key Stage 1 & 2 Language and Literacy

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.

Curriculum Objectives

The learning opportunities that Language and Literacy provides should help young people to develop as:

  • individuals,
  • 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.

Contacts

For more information on Language and Literacy, contact:

Lyn Lynch
llynch@ccea.org.uk
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2607

Janice MacArthur
jmacarthur@ccea.org.uk
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2631

Resources

C2k NewsDesk Using C2k NewsDesk as a Digital Tool to Inspire and Engage Pupils

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 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.

Teacher Guidance for Using Success Criteria Cards 954.1 KB - Uploaded 20-09-2017

Teacher Success Criteria Cards – Reading 59.4 KB - Uploaded 20-09-2017

Teacher Success Criteria Cards – Writing 88.1 KB - Uploaded 20-09-2017

Pupil Success Criteria Cards – Reading 847 KB - Uploaded 20-09-2017

Pupil Success Criteria Cards – Writing 235.2 KB - Uploaded 20-09-2017

Should you wish to trial the use of these cards in your classroom, we would love to hear from you.

Primary Languages Primary Languages

Primary Languages has been developed to assist Primary teachers to develop and integrate an element of language teaching into their classroom.

Primary Irish Aspects of Shared Cultural Heritage Primary Irish Aspects of Shared Cultural Heritage

Teaching ideas, downloadable resources and interactive games to support teachers in delivering basic Irish lessons and activities in Shared Cultural Hertiage.

Ulster-Scots for Primary Schools: Shared Language, Culture and Heritage Ulster-Scots for Primary Schools: Shared Language, Culture and Heritage

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.

The Northern Ireland Curriculum Primary  979.5 KB - uploaded 21-04-2015

Learning Through Play at Key Stage 1  2.8 MB - uploaded 28-01-2016

Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities nicurriculum.org.uk

Connected Learning curriculum > key stage 1 & 2

Active Learning and Teaching Methods for Key Stages 1 and 2  433.3 KB - uploaded 21-04-2015

AfL – Assessment for Learning, A Practical Guide  4.4 MB - uploaded 21-04-2015

Thematic Units: STEM curriculum > key stage 1 & 2 > connected learning

Department of Education

Count, Read: Succeed, A Strategy to Improve Outcomes in Literacy and Numeracy education-ni.gov.uk

Comhair léigh leat éireoidh Straitéis le Torthaí a Fheabhsú sa Litearthacht agus san Uimhearthact deni.gov.uk

Count, Read: Succeed, A Strategy to Improve Outcomes in Literacy and Numeracy  1.7 MB - uploaded 21-04-2015

Further details on the strategy are available on the Education NI website education-ni.gov.uk

Count, Read Succeed, A Strategy to Improve Outcomes in Literacy and Numeracy, March 2011 education-ni.gov.uk

Every School a Good School: A Policy for School Improvement, January 2008 education-ni.gov.uk

Education Training Inspectorate

Literacy and Numeracy in Primary and Post-Primary Schools: Characteristics that Determine Effective Provision, 20 November 2008 etini.gov.uk

SUSTAINING IMPROVEMENT INSPECTION GUIDANCE FOR SCHOOLS, January 2017 etini.gov.uk

Effective Practice and Self-Evaluation Questions for Primary, January 2017 etini.gov.uk

Useful Links

Please review all links to judge their suitability before using them with your class.

Literacy Shed literacyshed.com

Primary Resources primaryresources.co.uk

BBC website bbc.co.uk