In our school we aim to develop the children’s ability to listen, speak, read and write for a wide range of purposes using language to learn and communicate ideas, views and feelings.
By enabling children to express themselves creatively and imaginatively, they become enthusiastic, inspired and critical readers and writers. Children gain an understanding of how language works by looking at its patterns, structures and origins.
The school uses a range of real books and reading schemes. We promote a love of reading alongside texts that systematically develop key skills including phonics.
We aim to develop children’s word reading and comprehension skills and to foster a love of books and a desire to read. To achieve this we teach the children how to decode using a structured and carefully planned programme (Letters and Sounds). It focuses on 6 phonic phases that develop progression and understanding of letters and sounds as well as blending (for reading) and segmenting (for writing) skills. Phonics is a daily taught activity in all classes throughout the school. As children approach the end of Year 1 they will have to complete the phonics screening check.
We also follow a project called ‘The Power of reading’ which aims to engage children and teachers in the Literacy curriculum by using high quality books and creative teaching approaches.
We want to develop literate pupils who write with confidence and fluency, organising the content and style of what is written to suit the purpose. Children will learn to use phonics, spelling, punctuation and syntax appropriately and with confidence and have an interest in words and their meaning. We aim to motivate and stimulate a love of writing through
- Whole class shared writing
- Guided writing in groups
- Supported writing in groups
- Working with response partners
- Talk for writing
- Exciting Writing events
Speaking & Listening
Speaking and listening are necessary basic skills in everyday communication. Whilst building on the language that children bring to school and showing respect for every child’s means of communication, staff develop children’s confidence, increase their vocabulary and use of expressive language as well as develop the children’s ability to listen and respond.