This book will to help student and practicing teachers to understand the issues surrounding literacy, the place of transition in pupils' lives, and to feel confident in handling the National Literacy Strategy.
One highly significant aspect of secondary schools is their subject culture and this chapter explores this complex element. The NLS emphasis on the acknowledgement of subject literacies is welcomed as is the attention schools will have to pay to cross-curricular issues. However, the Language Across the Curriculum movement has shown us that this is a very long-term process and that subject literacies are very like icebergs in that much is hidden below the classroom surface. The chapter reveals this invisibility and complexity and shows how subject literacies are powerful and valuable; schools need to balance their intrinsic importance and give careful attention to how children can acquire them over time.
The transition from an integrated primary curriculum to a fragmented subject-based secondary curriculum ...