Communication policy 5

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Communication policy 5

  1. 1. School technology will provide a more appropriate opportunity for writtencommunication. We consider that stories that have been transcribed by staff orrecorded onto CDs are acceptable as evidence of pupils writing skills. Thedevelopment of expressive writing is encouraged. Access to symbols has animportant role to play in this area for many pupils as their use, in conjunction withappropriate alternative access methods, can provide a medium to developexpressive writing.Pupils with developing hand writing skills will be encouraged to use print withthe formation of single letters in order to provide greater clarity of text. Whereappropriate the alphabet will be presented to pupils in both upper and lower caseletters to help pupils use a traditional computer keyboard.Reference to the teaching of modern foreign languages is made within this policybecause pupils will be encouraged to become aware that different languages arespoken in different parts of the world and to recognise the differences andsimilarities of other languages, especially French and English. Many pupils enjoythe experience of speaking a different language.For many National Curriculum subjects the whole-school topic scheme is used asa framework to plan delivery. It is acknowledged that Communication, Languageand Literacy do not easily fit into sections to be covered within different topics butthat each topic does provide the opportunity to develop communication andEnglish skills and vocabulary associated with the topic. Some topics may alsoprovide the appropriate opportunity to cover literary works.The main method of planning for each pupils Communication, Language andLiteracy skills will be through their Individual Education Plans which are producedeach term and which will take into account the targets identified by PIVATassessment.Progress in Communication, Language and Literacy will be recorded in termlyreports and in each pupils Annual Review report. Pupils may be assessed usingthe Derbyshire Language Scheme, Clinical Evaluation Language Fundamentals(CELF), the Affective Communication Assessment or the National Curriculumlevel descriptions. It is likely that pupil assessment will take place using acombination of these.Staff meet regularly to plan and review curriculum development, collaboratingwith and supporting each other. A budget from the School Standards Grant willbe managed in order to support the development and teaching of Communication,Language and Literacy.This policy will be reviewed in the spring term 2011.George Hastwell School : Policy for Communication, Language & Literacy Page 5

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