Literacy and Numeracy

What is Literacy and Numeracy?

Literacy is divided into the following strands: Oracy, Reading and Writing. All three strands can be found across the different subjects in Sir Thomas Picton School. Good literacy skills are vital for pupils to access their written exams and to allow them to engage in day to day activities both in and out of the classroom.

Numeracy is the ability to use number skills in a range of different everyday activities. At Sir Thomas Picton School there are a number of opportunities for pupils to develop their numeracy skills. In each subject area there will be numeracy components witch directly relate to the National Numeracy and Literacy Framework.

Key aims of the Literacy and Numeracy Framework (LNF):

Help teachers of all subjects to identify and provide opportunities for learners to apply literacy and numeracy across the curriculum, and is broken down by year group. Describe, with precision, the annual national expectations for literacy and numeracy for learners 5–14, and progression indicators for learners with additional learning needs. Help determine learner progress in literacy and numeracy and provide annual reports to parents/carers based on teacher assessment so that teachers, learners and parents/carers are all clear how learners are progressing and what are the next steps.

The key features of the LNF include the following:

Through expectation statements, the LNF sets out the skills we expect learners to develop throughout their time in school, from ages 5 to 14, and is broken down into year groups.

The LNF is split into components for literacy and numeracy, which are in turn split into strands. The literacy strands are: oracy across the curriculum, reading across the curriculum and writing across the curriculum. The numeracy strands are: developing numerical reasoning, using number skills, using measuring skills and using data skills. Each strand is further split into elements, with literacy also broken down into aspects.

What is the LNF Passport and how do I use it?

The LNF (Literacy and Numeracy Framework) is a statutory part of education at STP and in Wales. It is designed to promote and encourage Literacy and Numeracy skills across all subjects, not just in English and Maths. The LNF Passport is designed to help pupils to assess and record where they are on the Literacy and Numeracy Framework. By using the booklet pupils will be able to say what skills of the LNF they can do. For parents the Passport will allow you to monitor your child’s progress through the LNF. Here are a few key points about the LNF Passport.

- Look after the LNF Passport as you will need it for year 7, 8 and 9. Keep it safe in the back of your diary.

- Bring the LNF Passport to every lesson.

- The LNF Passport is divided into Numeracy and Literacy sections. The Numeracy is then divided into Number, Measuring and Data skills. The Literacy is divided into Oracy, Reading and Writing.

- Read through the LNF Passport so that you are familiar with the different strands and skills. You should know which ones you are doing in your subject.

When your teacher tells you write down which skill you have completed in your lesson under the correct strand and skill. There is a space next to each skill to write down which subject you have done it in.

Link to LNF

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