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George Hastwell School Policy for Communication, Language & Literacy Incorporating English PolicyThe staff and governors at George Hastwell School recognise that communicationis the basis of all learning. They acknowledge that it has a central role to playacross the whole curriculum and value the essential role played by theCommunication Support Department in the development of communication. Theygreatly value the collaboration which takes place in order to develop pupilsabilities to communicate and to access all areas of learning.Communication, Language & LiteracyCommunication, Language and Literacy is made up of the following aspects:Language for Communication - is about how pupils become communicators.Learning to listen and speak emerges out of non-verbal communication, whichincludes facial expression, eye contact and hand gesture. These skills develop aspupils interact with others, listen to and use language, extend their vocabularyand experience stories, songs, poems and rhymes.Language for Thinking - is about how pupils learn to use language to imagine andrecreate roles and experiences and how they use talk to clarify their thinking andideas or to refer to events they have observed or are curious about.Linking Sounds and Letters - is about how pupils develop the ability to distinguishbetween sounds and become familiar with rhyme, rhythm and alliteration. Theydevelop understanding of the correspondence between spoken and writtensounds and learn to link sounds and letters and use their knowledge to read andwrite simple words by sounding out and blending.Reading - is about pupils understanding and enjoying stories, books and rhymes,recognising that print carries meaning, both fiction and fact, and reading a rangeof familiar words and simple sentences.Writing - is about how pupils build an understanding of the relationship betweenthe spoken and written word and how through making marks, drawing andpersonal writing pupils ascribe meaning to text and attempt to write for variouspurposes.Handwriting - is about the ways in which pupils random marks, lines anddrawings develop and form the basis of recognisable letters.George Hastwell School : Policy for Communication, Language & Literacy Page 1