Language and Literacy

Language and Literacy

Language and Literacy is a compulsory Area of Learning at Key Stage 3. It includes English with Media Education (and Irish with Media Education in Irish-medium settings) and encourages pupils to continue to develop their skills in talking and listening, reading, and writing.

This Area of Learning helps pupils to develop effective communication skills. These enable pupils to express themselves clearly and appropriately, and to understand the messages of others in different contexts. Pupils have opportunities to appreciate and use language for a range of functional and creative purposes. They engage with peers, poetry, prose, drama, non-fiction, media and multimedia to become critical, creative and effective communicators.

Teachers should help pupils to understand the nature of communication in different contexts. This will enable them to create and analyse messages in print and digital forms throughout their lives.

Key Elements

The key elements that underpin the curriculum objectives are key issues for modern society. The statutory requirements for this Area of Learning make these key elements explicit.

For further details, see the Statutory Requirements for Language and Literacy: English with Media Education at Key Stage 3 or the Statutory Requirements for Language and Literacy: Irish (in Irish-Medium Schools) with Media Education at Key Stage 3 and the Key Stage 3 Non-Statutory Guidance for English with Media Education.

Whole Curriculum Skills and Capabilities

Pupils should have opportunities to develop their Cross-Curricular Skills of Communication, Using Mathematics and Using ICT, and their Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities through Language and Literacy.


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