We use a variety of reading materials including The Oxford Reading Tree Scheme and Collins Big Cat Scheme for EYFS and KS1. In KS2, we use the Accelerated Reader system which challenges children to read and complete quizzes in order to achieve their reading targets. There are a huge variety of texts and authors included on the AR system ranging from Michael Morpurgo, David Walliams and Roald Dahl. The children are heard reading individually and in groups. The guided reading sessions cover both fiction and non-fiction books. Guided reading also develops the children’s comprehension skills. A range of ICT programmes are used to enhance learning, like AR and Phonics Play. Parents are given clear expectations about reading at home.
We develop writing skills so that our Reception pupils have the stamina and ability to write simple statements and sentences. To support children in moving towards independent writing we provide a wide range of activities including use of film and imagery, modelled, shared and guided writing, peer editing and discussion. We use talk for writing to encourage pupils to express their ideas, exchange ideas and to develop more sophisticated vocabulary. We provide opportunities for writing for purpose and we encourage pupils to see themselves as authors. We promote the status of written work by providing opportunities for children’s writing to be published in class books and on the school website. A range of extra activities are used to promote literacy within the school including World Book Day.
Handwriting is taught as a discrete lesson but then is reinforced during all written activities. Children begin to use a cursive script in KS1 and by KS2 are awarded pen licences for continuously joined and neat handwriting.
Phonics and Spelling
Phonics is taught through Letters and Sounds and Phonics Play in EYFS and KS1. Phonic awareness helps the development of reading by segmenting and blending sounds. Please see below for our presentation for parents on Phonics. Spelling is taught using Spelling Shed. Children receive a weekly list of spellings to practise at home and also using online games through Spelling Shed.
National Curriculum English Programmes of Study: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-english-programmes-of-study/national-curriculum-in-england-english-programmes-of-study