We aim to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.
Speaking and listening skills are developed through a range of activities such as poetry, discussion and drama. We encourage the children to become confident, fluent speakers and attentive listeners.
Reading is taught through a wide range of activities, including the use of a structured reading scheme. Great emphasis is placed on phonic work and other word building skills. From Early Years, teachers use the Read Write Inc. programme to deliver the lively and vigorous teaching of synthetic phonics. This programme is further used to develop reading, writing and spelling skills.
Guided reading is delivered throughout school using a range of reading material including Read Write Inc, Big Cat. Parents and carers are encouraged to take an active part in developing their child’s reading through regularly listening to them read at home. Fluent readers use Reading Explorers to develop their skills during guided reading sessions. They are also encouraged to select personal reading materials from the class or school library.
Writing skills are taught around high quality texts appropriate to each year group. The texts used are based on text-types such as Non-Chronological Reports, Traditional Tales and Persuasion. Each unit of writing follows the teaching sequence.
This sequence provides a coherent model for linking and combining the literacy skills and text-types into effective teaching and learning opportunities, which lead to meaningful outcomes. Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing skills are taught and developed in the context of the unit theme and practised and applied to the unit outcome and across the curriculum.
Spelling is taught through the No Nonsense Spelling Babcock Programme. The focus of this programme is on the teaching of spelling, which embraces knowledge of spelling conventions – patterns and rules; but integral to the teaching is the opportunity to promote the learning of spellings, including statutory words, common exceptions and personal spellings. There is a clear progression through blocks of teaching units across the year. Pupils’ learning is assessed throughout the programme within the units being taught.
Staff use a number of imaginative and innovative ways of integrating and supporting reading and writing across the wider curriculum including drama activities, teacher in role, role play, visits and use of ICT resources.
We follow the National Curriculum 2014 programmes of study ensuring progression in knowledge, skills and understanding.
We aim to develop knowledge, skills and understanding that will support each pupil on a lifelong learning journey.