Literacy is taught daily as part of our topic work wherever possible, with handwriting and phonics taught as specific skills. Our aim is to promote high standards of literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the written and spoken word and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.
The children are taught to speak clearly and confidently, thinking about the needs of their audience. They work in small groups and as a class, each child contributing to our discussions and listening carefully to each other. They learn to use language in imaginative ways and express their ideas and feelings in role play and through discussing books and poems. The quality and variety of language that pupils hear are key factors in developing their vocabulary, grammar and understanding for reading and writing and as such we strive to provide stimulating opportunities for this.
Reading: The teaching of reading is based on a strong foundation of phonic knowledge, which begins early in the Reception Year and develops throughout the school. The school provides a rich, well-resourced environment where children discover the pleasure of reading in a wide variety of situations, supported by a wide range of interesting and attractive books, both in the classrooms and in our well-stocked central library. As part of our literacy work the children explore texts by sharing and reciting them as a class in addition to guided group work and individual reading to adults. Reading books are taken home daily and we value the support of parents in teaching and learning to read – this partnership significantly enhances the children’s progress.
Writing: The school values every child as a ‘writer’ and their confidence is nurtured by using a variety of strategies and providing a ‘reason for writing’ through our topic work. Children take a pride in the presentation of their work and handwriting is taught in order that they gain the skills to write fluently, legibly and speedily. They are encouraged to vocalise their sentences before writing and check for correct punctuation and spelling. Our systematic approach to teaching phonics includes spelling lists, which the children take home, in addition to a range of activities which enable the children to hear, blend and segment sounds and apply these essential skills when writing.