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Review places emphasis on 'literacy'
08.12.08 | Caroline Horn
Literacy and spoken language remain core to the curriculum in the recommendations outlined by Jim Rose in his interim 'root and branch' independent review of the primary curriculum. However, there is no mention made of literature itself or emphasis on reading for pleasure.
Among the recommendations in the report is that 'English, communication and language' forms one of six 'areas of learning'. There is a greater emphasis on the spoken word with regular teaching of speaking and listening required alongside reading and writing and an emphasis on developing these skills, particularly through role play and drama
Other key 'areas of learning' suggested in the report would include: mathematical understanding; scientific and technological understanding; human, social and environmental understanding; understanding physical health and well-being; and understanding the arts and design.
Rose also puts ICT and Personal development at the heart of the skills children need to learn at primary level.
Rose stated: “The central importance of literacy, generally understood as the ability to read and write, is undeniable. However, the concept of literacy has broadened so that the values, for example, of scientific, technological, mathematical and economic 'literacy' are recognised by society and schools to a far greater extent than ever before.”
The review will be followed by further consultation with the final paper due to be presented in spring 09.