Welcome! 'keystage2literacy.co.uk...' is a webpage dedicated to all those hints and tips taught and learnt in the classroom, with a particular focus on Literacy and the Upper Key Stage 2 curriculum. This site is aimed at new and existing teachers who would like to brush up on their subject knowledge or find some new ideas for use in their classroom. This site is also ideal for parents to find out what their children are doing in class, and for children to explain to them. The process of learning should be one that is shared between a teacher, a parent and a child- this site hopes to deliver you a mutual ground upon which everyone can understand what is expected in the 21st century classroom.
'This is the first time I have visited your site and I have to say thank you- it's a great site, with some really useful ideas. I admire people like you who take the time to share your ideas and expertise. Good on you- and keep going! I will be using some of your early morning activities on Monday!'
RECOMMENDATION OF THE MONTH- March 2015
Finally a website for WAGOLL! It was only in my fifth year of teaching that I was introduced to the world of WAGOLL. In everything we teach, it is important that we model our expectations of the children and what they can accomplish in class. Only with the highest expectations can we find children working at the very highest level. Or as one of my colleagues once said, 'a high tide raises all ships.' WAGOLL (What A Good One Looks Like) is about demonstrating how we can use existing texts to create our own wonderful work and how we can use the equally fantastic work of others in the class as a model for our own. Teachers are well-known for saying to children how we can 'magpie' ideas for our own pieces and I think it is important that children feel like they can take the best of what is out there and use it to make their own best. This does not mean copying- it simply means that as children of 7-11 years old, their life experiences are limited and therefore sometimes complete imagination can be difficult to always acquire. Using existing ideas about the world can support the beginnings of our own work and encourage us to write. Finding a writing style that suits us best is also important at this stage- but it might take time to develop. Our classes have the potential to be the next Samuel Pepys or Anne Frank, the next sports journalist, or cookery book writer- maybe even the next Roald Dahl or JK Rowling. Expose children to all genres and wait and see...
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