Literacy

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This subject is key to all other subjects taught in school and is essential to the understanding and recording of all skills.

From Foundation Stage to sixth form great importance is attached to listening, speaking, reading and writing in many and varied forms.

 

In Foundation Stage children are encouraged to communicate in whatever way they can and the advice of the Speech and Language therapist is integrated into programmes which promote and increase both what the child understands and is able to communicate. The rich environment provides opportunities which encourage and extend communication from its earliest forms based on knowledge of the developmental stages children progress through. Children are prepared from this early age to use Braille, Moon and enlarged print as a means of reading and recording.

 

A love of reading and writing in many forms and across many cultures is encouraged and provided. There is particular emphasis on speaking and listening skills in the recognition that these will be of vital importance to the growing visually impaired child. This takes the form of stories, DVDs, taped materials as well as listening and speaking with visitors inside and outside school, other children from our mainstream campus schools and our own staff. Structured and unstructured activities promote the development of this vital element to communication.

 

Real learning happens by doing and so the pupils are constantly engaged in visits outside school to give meaning to the more abstract concepts they need to learn. They are taken out to theatres, workshops and other settings which enhance and enrich their understanding of the diverse cultural background we live in and gives them many and varied opportunities to communicate their learning in whatever medium they use.