What is Literacy?

Literacy is the skill of speaking and listening, reading and writing.

What is the importance of speaking and listening?

At Kingsholm we believe effective language skills are essential for children’s learning and access to the curriculum. The best readers and writers are those who have a wealth of vocabulary. At school we encourage speaking and listening through activities such as; circle time, this is me box, role play, drama and debates.

How can I help my child in speaking and listening?

  • Make time to listen to your child talking as you meet them from school or as you walk, or travel home by car, in the supermarket as you shop, at meal times, bath times, bedtimes – any time!
  • Switch off the TV, radio and mobile phones and really listen!
  • Show that you are interested in what they are talking about look at your child, smile, nod your head, ask a question or make a response to show that you really have been listening.
  • Listen at home; switch off the TV and listen to the sounds, both inside and outside the home. Can your child tell you what sounds they heard, in the order in which they heard them?
  • Play-a-tune and follow me! Make or buy some simple shakers, drums and beaters, then play a simple tune and ask your child to copy. Have fun!
  • Encourage your child to speak in full sentences.
  • Answer all their questions in full sentences explaining the meaning of words when needed.