Literacy

Writing

Writing is taught to every child in some form every day. From a young age, children are given opportunities to write for a range of purposes and audience, constantly practising their writing skills. Teachers model writing to the children on a daily basis allowing them to be aware of different writing styles. We encourage children to check their work independently for accuracy, sense and meaning.

 

Spelling and grammar

Spelling and grammar is taught throughout the school within daily sessions of Literacy and discretely, if the teacher feels it necessary. Practise of spellings and grammar is encouraged throughout the curriculum.

 

Phonics

Phonics is taught daily in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. Sessions are adapted from the Letters and Sounds programme.

 

Reading

Children are encouraged to read for pleasure and to choose their own books with carefully structured teacher guidance.  Reading Skills are practised daily in all classes. In EYFS and Key Stage 1, teachers/teaching assistants aim to listen to the children, independently, at least once a week as well as in Guided Reading Sessions. In Lower Key Stage 2 children are listened to during Guided Reading sessions weekly and as often as possible for independent reading. In Key Stage 2 children are encouraged to read more independently and are given 15 minutes a day to do this.

 

Speaking and Listening

Speaking and listening skills are taught and used everyday within the classroom in each subject and in discrete Drama lessons, as part of Literacy lessons.