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Developing language in the primary school: Literacy and primary languages
- Publication date:
- Jun 2009
- National Strategies consultant, Primary strategic lead
- Ethnic minority achievement, Guidance, Initial teacher training (ITT), Teaching and learning
- Booklet, Key document
This publication is available in a ZIP file (1.1 MB). (The contents of this zip file can be downloaded from the attachments area to the right.)
Languages will become a statutory requirement of the National Curriculum at Key Stage 2 from 2011. In order to fulfill this entitlement, schools will be required to introduce languages progressively by year group from September 2011, starting with Year 3.
The knowledge, skills and understanding that children need to acquire in languages should be situated within the area of learning entitled Understanding English, communication and languages. This will enable teachers and pupils to exploit the links between English and the chosen language(s).
Independent Review of the Primary Curriculum: Final Report
These materials are designed to provide guidance and advice to Primary literacy and Primary language advisers and consultants on the links between language learning and literacy and the mutually supportive skills of first and additional language learning.
The diagram on page 4 of Developing language in the primary school has at its centre the language learner and shows the many different elements that impact upon the progress children make in their language learning. Language is a tool for communication comprising speaking, listening, reading and writing and learning a new language enables children to gain insight into their own life and that of others around the world. The materials can be downloaded in sections as needed.
The following documentation is referenced:
- Key Stage 2 Framework for Languages
- Primary Framework for Literacy
- Excellence and Enjoyment: teaching and learning for bilingual children in the primary years
- Communication, language and literacy development and Early Years Foundation Stage materials
- Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning materials
- Community cohesion materials
These materials are not intended to be read as a linear document; each section has a specific focus which demonstrates its links with language teaching in Key Stage 2.
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In this section
- Developing language in the primary school: Literacy and primary languages
- Letters and Sounds: Principles and practice of high quality phonics
- Overcoming barriers in mathematics Helping children move from level 1 to level 2
- Overcoming barriers in mathematics helping children move from level 4 to level 5
- Primary languages website
- Raising standards in writing: Achieving children's targets
- Support for Spelling