DRAMATIC PROGRESS IN LITERACY
At St Peter's, children throughout Key Stage One and Key Stage Two participate in an exciting range of engaging literacy lessons covering the following genres:
Fiction stories- i.e. The Little Red Hen or The Ironman
Historical non-fiction events- i.e. The Great Fire of London or World War 2
Autobiographies and Biographies- i.e. Harriet Tubman
Myths and Legends- i.e. Beowulf or Romulus and Remus
…and many more besides!
Within these creative units, the children learn to write diaries, newspapers, flashback stories, letters, playscripts character descriptions and more.
What makes Literacy especially unique at St Peter’s, is that every unit is entwined with drama to help the children empathise with characters and feel empowered as learners - enabling them to take risks, expand their vocabulary and develop their understanding.
In addition, we use techniques like ‘thought-tapping’ and ‘hot seating’ where the children can step into the shoes of their characters with an array of costumes and props to enhance the learning experience.
These fantastic lessons are created by our Literacy consultant Nina Birch who trains our teachers to an extremely high standard so that our children can maximise their learning in the classroom. The journey of each child’s learning is beautifully showcased on our interactive learning walls and within their books.
Fully immersing the children in drama, and linking our topic work where possible, means the children live and breathe their literacy units which makes it easier for them to absorb all they learn. This may incorporate school trips to museums, galleries or zoos, Science, History, Art or DT links, guest speakers and topic days in class!