Literacy is at the core of everything we do at Pudsey Waterloo Primary School. If children cannot read, write and communicate effectively, they cannot access the curriculum and more importantly, contribute positively to society, as they get older.
At Waterloo, we understand that for children to be successful readers and writers, they must also be confident speakers and listeners. Communicating thoughts, feelings and emotions is a vital life skill, which we support children to develop in all our lessons. Whether it is using a talk partner, sharing ideas with the class or speaking in a school assembly, we model, promote and teach high levels of communication skills and promote 'Active Listening' and 'Skilled Speaking' in all our classrooms. Key vocabulary which we wish the children to learn and use is identified and taught in all curriculum areas and lessons. Children at Pudsey Waterloo Primary School are encouraged to use the power of language to make a difference to their learning and the wider community. Children have regular opportunities to speak to an audience and to perform stories, plays, and poetry, or debate ideas with their peers.
We want all children to enjoy reading and we have a well-stocked and inviting library that children use daily for lessons, research and enjoyment. All our learning areas are text rich and promote the importance of reading in all areas of the curriculum. Reading can take children to new and exciting places. No-one says this better than Dr. Seuss,
“The more you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”
Writing occurs everyday in every subject. We aim as a school to ensure all children are confident in a range of writing styles, both formal and informal and can apply skills to all areas of the curriculum.
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