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Literacy in the frame

The Government's national literacy framework, which sets out the blueprint for the literacy hour, will be sent to all primary schools next month. It provides a highly detailed structure for teaching the national curriculum's reading and writing requirements, showing how children's learning should progress and interweaving a wide range of elements in a term-by-term programme. It covers media education, historical literature and poetry as well as phonics, grammar and spelling.

The standard literacy hour has the following structure:

* whole-class work on a shared text: about 15 minutes

* whole-class focused work on spelling and grammar: about 15 minutes

* independent and guided group work: about 20 minutes

* whole-class plenary session reviewing and reflecting on what has been learned: about 10 minutes

The literacy framework is divided into three strands:

* phonics, spelling and vocabulary (word level work): this strand also includes handwriting

* grammar and punctuation (sentence level work)

* comprehension and composition (text level work): involves reading and writing a wide range of fiction, poetry and non-fiction

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