Pupils at a Lanarkshire primary school have been devoting their daily literacy hour
to preparing for our Tunnock's poetry competition.
6% boost that followed the introduction of a compulsory literacy hour
The daily literacy hour
was divided between 10-15 minutes of whole-class reading or writing; 10-15 minutes whole-class session on word work (phonics, spelling and vocabulary) and sentence work (grammar and punctuation); 25-30 minutes of directed group activities (on aspects of writing or reading) and a plenary session at the end for pupils to revisit the objectives of the lesson, reflect on what they have learnt and consider what they need to do next.
They are the personnel who cook the dinners, help children with literacy hour
and keep the school safe.
A daily literacy hour
is included on the school's timetable with pupils getting up to speed on everything from spelling to grammar.
They added that even if the benefits are only short-term they have had just as much effect in raising standards than the introduction of the literacy hour
in the late 1990s.
The experience of literature: the emphasis on literary extracts in the Literacy Hour
has often been at the expense of pupil engagement and enjoyment and has sometimes resulted in fewer books being read for pleasure.
There are plenty of other school-related but noneducational activities, such as traveling, that take up more time than the daily literacy hour
The need for a mandatory literacy hour
was prompted by inspections of classroom instruction in high-poverty schools, which revealed too much free reading time, too little teacher intervention, and insufficient attention to the teaching of phonics.
I WAS intrigued by the suggestion from a previous correspondent that there should be a Gilbert & Sullivan hour for younger school children to help them learn about lyrics and melody, to supplement the literacy hour
that already is in the curriculum.
Among primary school children, the introduction of policies such as the literacy hour
have delivered a 17 per cent point increase since 1998 in the number of Birmingham pupils achieving the target level for their age in Key Stage 2 English.
The literacy hour
will be scrapped in primary schools in the North East under proposed changes to toughen up lessons for young children.