One of the most important aspects of a child’s primary school experience is learning to read and write. We do this by developing children’s confidence in all elements of the English language: speaking and listening, reading and writing. We have a very large selection of children’s literature in school, including big books and group reading sets of books. We strongly encourage every child to read at home every night. This is an important area where parents and carers can actively support their child’s learning. Children have reading records, in which we encourage parents and carers to record the reading they do with their child. Phonics is taught throughout KS1 and spelling follows on. ‘Letters and sounds’ is used as the main resource for phonics and all staff have been trained in the delivery of this. We encourage children to ‘be writers’ from their first day in school and use a variety of teaching strategies to develop these skills, with a heavy emphasis on Storytelling and Talk for Writing.
• Purposes for writing
• Styles of writing
• Editing and work processing skills
• Basic skills of handwriting, phonics and sentence structure.
Spelling from Y2 (when children are ready) through to Y6 is taught through a scheme called ‘No Nonsense Spelling’ Reading is taught daily, through phonics lessons, and Reading Workshop. EYFS , Y1 and Y2 children use a variety of reading schemes and books in our Reading Workshop lessons. Children also take home a variety of “banded” books, not just from one particular “scheme”. The phonic scheme is also used as part of Reading Workshop lessons. A variety of scheme and “real” books are used in Key Stage 2 for reading.