Literacy in the frame

23rd January 1998 at 00:00
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

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today