Literacy is the ability to use language to read, write, listen and speak. Literacy is important in schools as reading, writing and communication are the skills which underpin most class lessons. By ensuring that pupils read and write to the best of their abilities we are giving them the opportunity and become independent learners. It is a well known fact that the sooner children start to enjoy books with their families, the more likely they are to want to become independent and lifelong readers.
As parents you can help improve literacy levels by
- ensuring your child reads regularly in a quiet place or read together
- talking to them about the book they are reading
- engaging in family discussion by using, for example, a topical news items
Speaking and listening is by far the most widespread form of communication. In most jobs people spend much more time speaking, listening and discussing than reading or writing. Talk is an important medium for getting things done, but equally important is the ability to listen carefully.
Doon Academy is committed to improving literacy levels and values the support pupils receive at home.
Channel 4 Lost for Words - campaign to get all kids reading