Literacy is a fundamental life skill. We recognise the importance of developing our children’s skills in speaking and listening, reading and writing in order that they are literate and can communicate effectively and confidently. The children are taught in their class groups for English. One lesson a day will have a greater emphasis on writing and another will have a reading focus. Developing the children’s speaking and listening skills will be addressed across the whole curriculum as these are key skills.
In Key Stage 1 we have a writing lesson each morning, a 30 minute guided reading lesson in the afternoon and a daily 30 minute phonics/spelling lesson.
In Years 3 - 5 we have 10 one hour literacy sessions per week. These lessons will include time for writing, reading, spelling and phonics, speaking and listening and handwriting.
In Year 6 we have 5 writing lessons taught in ability groups and 5 reading lessons.
Please see the Early Years section for information about how English is taught in Nursery and Reception.
We use a range of reading materials in school to support the teaching of reading. We predominately use the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme with the children but will supplement this scheme with other reading materials. The key skills the children need to develop are around developing strategies to read unfamiliar words and understanding what they are reading. However, we also really want to develop a love of reading for its own sake. So please encourage your child to look out for reading clubs and activities that we run to support this.
The children will bring a reading book home and we would ask all parents and family to read with your child as often as possible as this will make a big impact on their progress in reading. The children in Key Stage 1 have a home reading log and those in Key Stage 2 are given a reading journal for them to record their own reading.
If you wish to discuss what you can do to support your child at home please do not hesitate to contact school.
In writing we place the focus on our children understanding why they are writing and who they are writing for (purpose and audience). This should enable them to understand how to set their writing out and the sort of vocabulary they should be using. It also helps them to see that there is a real reason for completing a particular piece of written work.
Writing lessons will also include a grammar element.
We use the Penpals handwriting scheme in school.
Spelling and Phonics
In Year 1 phonics is taught daily across 5 ability groups. We incorporate the Letters and Sounds programme into our planning and also make reference to the Jolly Phonics Scheme. In Year 2 children have daily sessions working towards the Year 2 Spelling and Grammar objectives. Those children who need Phonics teaching have daily intervention.
In Years 3 to 5 spelling and phonics are taught using the Support for Spelling materials, 3 times a week.
Spellings are sent home each week.
Please click here to find a copy of the Common Exception Words that your child must learn to read and spell in Key Stage 1. These are 'tricky words' which the children have to learn rather than rely on their use of their sounds. For Years 3-6 you will find a copy of these words by clicking on your child's year group and selecting the 'English' tab.
Please click on your child’s year group to see what they will be learning over the year.
Our Literacy Leader is Yvonne Cridland.