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St John's Primary School, Coleraine

Language & Literacy

Language and Literacy allows children to interact with each other and the world in which they live in. To communicate and interact effectively, children develop their skills in the following areas: Talking and Listening, Reading and Writing by completing a range of exciting and challenging learning activities.

In Foundation Stage, children learn to read and write using a linguistic phonics programme Sounds~Write. Our Foundation Stage staff have been trained to deliver this programme from Sounds~Write trainers. To complement, extend and challenge their newly acquired reading and writing skills, the children read a range of emergent readers to develop of love of reading and books. This love of reading and books is nurtured in each year group with children participating in Accelerated Reader from Years 4 to 7.

Our children develop their writing ability in a range of genres using a range of materials. We regularly celebrate our children’s writing achievements by sharing examples of work with other teachers, our principal and to the whole school at special assemblies.

Throughout the school day, children develop their talking and listening skills with peers and adults in all areas of learning. We offer Speech and Drama as part of our Extra-Curricular programme. Children who wish to enter the annual Coleraine Festival receive instruction from school staff to allow them to compete against their peers.