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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 514, 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.


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