Developing literacy across the curriculum
At St John’s we believe it is important to find the opportunity to practice literacy skills across the curriculum. This is achieved in a variety of ways.
Across the school, children’s speaking and listening skills are constantly being encouraged and improved through discussion and questioning. Adults model correct grammar and vocabulary in all subjects. Technical vocabulary (for example words linked to specific subject areas) are incorporated into teaching and reinforced as topics are taught. This is vital for children to develop and widen their vocabulary. Children are expected to use higher order vocabulary in writing tasks to show their deepened understanding of each subject area. Once a text type has been taught during literacy lesson, children are given opportunity to use this in other curriculum areas for example writing explanations or non-chronological reports in science and geography, letters and diary extracts in history or instructions in D.T. In every subject, children are required to read subject specific texts using the skills they have developed within their reading lessons and research widely around topics.