School information > Literacy & Numeracy

The Welsh Government has been making some quite important changes to the education system in Wales. One of the major changes is the new Literacy and Numeracy Framework, which you may have heard about in the press.

 

The Framework is a planning tool that builds on the work the school has been doing in recent years to raise standards in literacy and numeracy and states the standards we should be striving for our pupils to achieve. The Framework is a statutory part of the curriculum and references to it can be found in all subject areas.

 

We use the expectations in the Framework to set work which improves each pupil’s literacy and numeracy skills. The Framework makes raising standards in these essential skills a priority, but it is delivered in a cross-curricular manner to embed the skills taught in English and Mathematics lessons.

 

We also use the Framework to assess pupil progress in these skills. By comparing a pupil’s work against the expectations set out in the Framework, we are able to set targets and support them in improving their literacy and numeracy skills.

 

Opportunities are available for you to discuss your child’s progress during our parents’ evenings, where you will also be able to ask any questions you may have about the Literacy and Numeracy Framework. In the meantime, use the links at the bottom of this page for specific information on both literacy and numeracy, including guidance on how you can support your child’s progression in both of these areas.

 

Mr T Nolan – Numeracy Coordinator

 

Mr D Thomas – Literacy Coordinator

 

Research shows that 10 to 16 year-olds who read for pleasure do better at school. Reading helps children intellectually, linguistically, psychologically and socially well into their teens and beyond.

Sadly, many children don’t read for pleasure. Even children who enjoyed reading at primary or early secondary school only read the work set by their teachers.

Literacy in all its forms (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing) is at the heart of the Welsh Government’s strategy to raise standards of pupil achievement in every subject (not just languages) and is something we care deeply about.

What you can do to help

  • Encourage your child to read for pleasure as much and as often as possible
  • Read yourself – children who have access to books or e-books at home and who see their parents reading are more much more likely to become lifelong readers
  • Read with your children. You may think this is no longer appropriate but teenagers still benefit from being read to (even if they don’t always admit it!)

Our School Librarian, Mrs Edwards, is keen to help your child become a Lifelong Reader and if you have any queries you are more than welcome to contact us at the school at any time.

Your child will be familiar with the following poem, which features as our Literacy focus for the Autumn Term 2014. I should be very grateful if you would support us in our aim to make every pupil in the Maelor School a Lifelong Reader.

Yours

David Thomas
Literacy Co-ordinator

The more you READ,
the MORE you know;
The more you KNOW,
the SMARTER you GROW;
the smarter you GROW,
the STRONGER your voice
when speaking your MIND
or making your CHOICE.


To help you choose the right books for your child’s age click on the 11+ and 14+ on

lovereading4kids.co.uk
best-books-for-kids.com/reading-to-teenagers

Download the Welsh Government’s Literacy and Numeracy Framework, together with a guide for Parents from on iTunes or go to learning.wales.gov.uk/resources/nlnf

For teen reading and being read to try:

readtomeintl.org/reading-to-teens.html
school.familyeducation.com/teen/reading/40617.html

For the benefits of Reading in general try:

literacytrust.org.uk

readingagency.org.uk/news/reading-facts003

or search on www.gov.uk for the UK government’s report called Research evidence on reading for pleasure