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Select one text, and justify the ways in which you would use it to meet a range of national literacy strategy objectives.

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Select one text, and justify the ways in which you would use it to meet a range of national literacy strategy objectives. Your response should focus on a limited number of literacy objectives but should include discussion of the ways in which speaking and listening can be used to enhance children's understanding. I have chosen 'The Enchanted wood' as I remember reading it when I was at primary school and really enjoyed it. I shall write a little about the book followed by how it can be used to promote speaking and listening skills. I shall give an example of how it can be used in the primary school for reading and how this can then be used for a written piece. 'The Enchanted Wood' is the first in a trilogy written by Enid Blyton and follows the adventures of two sisters and a brother called Jo, Bessie and Fanny. The trio have recently moved to the countryside and have found an 'enchanted wood' on their doorstep. ...read more.

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Taking on the part of any of the characters leads to a better understanding of the characters feelings and point of view which would lead to better discussion. Children could predict what could happen next and perhaps act it out. This is a requirement as set out by the national curriculum: 'use character, action and narrative to convey story, themes, emotions, ideas in plays they devise and script.' It gives the children a chance to do 'planning, predicting, exploring' (N.C. 1999) which aids the understanding of the characters and the style of writing. A lot of the adventures in the book could also trigger discussion on some social issues, for example in one of the stories a child strays and gets caught by the snow monster this could start a discussion of why it is not a good thing to stray off on your own. Speaking and listening in the form of discussion gives the children the basis for a written piece. ...read more.

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It would also fulfil number three in the sentence level work for the same year and term. Differentiation for children with lower ability could be done in either the amount of support the children receive or possibly the use of IT, particularly for children who have problems with spelling and grammar. It would be a chance for these children to gain confidence in their skills to produce work as they would have a well presented piece of work which they will not get back with comments on their spelling. If a child has problems spelling they will be aware of it and could make them feel a failure. This would give them an opportunity to regain some confidence. 'The Enchanted Wood' is an excellent book for children and could be used in a variety of ways in the classroom which fit both the National curriculum and the National Literacy Strategy. Children will find it exciting and gripping and enjoying work based on the book. It will promote speaking and listening along with reading and writing skills in children of all abilities which is good classroom practice. ...read more.

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