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Language and Literacy

Subject Leader: Mrs C Gardner

Primary Languages Leader: Mrs SL Harris


At Cumran Primary School we aim to help children develop a love and a curiosity for Language and Literacy. Literacy is at the heart of the NI curriculum and is developed through an integrated approach to the acquisition of talking, listening, reading and writing skills.


Our focus is to develop each child's ability to understand and use language as an integral part of learning in all areas. At Cumran we aim to provide a safe and caring environment in which every child feels secure, can work happily and benefit from a literacy curriculum rich in stimulating, educational experiences. We firmly believe that the development of effective language and literacy is crucial to living and learning.


In Literacy we are focusing on the development of writing through the use of thinking maps. Thinking maps are consistent visual patterns linked directly to eight specific thought processes. Have you ever met someone and wondered why it is that you can recall their face but can’t quite remember their name?  Well we shouldn’t be surprised.  Eric Jensen in his book, Brain Based Learning, (1996) told us that 90% of all information that comes into our brain is visual.  Many studies have demonstrated the powerful effect that visual representations have on learning and memory. Visual thinking maps are being used in Cumran to aid in the development of a range of writing types and we can see how children benefit from this visual approach to learning. Take a look at our videos from a recent parent workshop in the TSPC section of our website on the use of thinking maps and the development of writing using thinking tools made by our pupils.   

Thinking Maps and Literacy

World Book Day 2018


To celebrate World Book Day, the pupils took part in a number of activities including a library scavenger hunt and a world book day quiz. Our competition- 'The Great British Bake Off' - was a great success! Pupils had to bake their own tasty treats that their favourite book character would eat. All pupils made a huge effort and the baking was of a very high standard. In addition to this, the pupils dressed up as their favourite book character and paraded around the playground to show off their fantastic outfits! Well done to all the prize winners as well as pupils and staff who took part!





Inspiring children to read

We  encourage our pupils to read widely and often. Our children love to visit the school library and choose new books to read and complete quizzes on from our Accelerated Reader Programme.

Take a look below at some of our favourite reads!

Picture 1 Favourite reads at the Foundation Stage
Picture 2 Favourite reads in Key Stage 1
Picture 3 Favourite reads in Key Stage 2