Cerv Essay

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The Primary Years Programme and First Steps (2nd edition) literacy resources – a common approach to language learning Heather Card Abstract This article explores the fundamental role of language in learning, and investigates two examples of a developmental approach to language teaching – the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IBPYP) language scope and sequence and First Steps (2nd edition) literacy resources. The author discusses the beliefs underpinning the First Steps resources and the IBPYP and the key features of design and purpose of the PYP learning continuums and the First Steps maps of development. Many commonalities are identified, as well as key differences, and the article emphasises how the two approaches can work together to support teachers in using a developmental approach for the teaching of literacy. The fundamental role of language in all learning is recognised throughout the IBPYP. Language allows us to communicate and develop socially, as well as supporting conceptual development and thinking skills. Language development, both in terms of understanding and in application of skills to all areas of life and learning, is best supported through a developmental approach. Effective teaching and learning take place when a learner’s prior experience and current skills and understanding are used as the starting point for informed and appropriate teaching decisions. In creating the updated PYP language scope and sequence document, a decision was made to represent language learning with a set of developmental continuums, rather than the progressive stages organized under age groups of the previous document. These continuums were designed as tools to support teachers in planning teaching and learning experiences appropriate to learners’ phases of development. Many international schools who follow the PYP also use First Steps (FS) resources

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