We use English to communicate in both written and spoken form. We use language to build our view and opinion of the world and our community. We continue to learn, develop and enhance our knowledge and understanding of English throughout our lives.
Literacy skills are taught daily with work appropriately differentiated to match all abilities and with changing emphasis as children grow in competence and maturity.
In Reception a synthetic phonics scheme is used in the form of Jolly Phonics and this then leads into Letters and Sounds in KS 1 and 'Word of the Day' work in KS 2.
Individual learning needs are celebrated and developed by using teaching techniques which are suited to all learning styles, such as, drama, outdoor learning, hot seating and computing.
With parental support, we want our children to:
Most importantly, we aim to nurture in the children a love of literature and language, and the confidence to continue reading and writing throughout their lives.
Reading is the most important skill a child learns in the early years of their education and this is reflected in the attention we give to reading through the curriculum.
We request that parents and careers read with their child as often as possible: we cannot over emphasise the impact this will have throughout the curriculum.
In EYFS and KS1 children are taught phonics by following the 'Letters and sounds' scheme and they access a variety of appropriate reading scheme texts to help develop their reading, the main ones being Oxford Reading Tree and Rigby Star, supplemented by others. We also use a reading app called Teach Your Little Monster To Read.
KS2 focus on comprehension using Reading VIPERS (Vocabulary, Infer, Predict, Explain, Retrieve, Sequence or Summarise) with a variety of different age appropriate texts. We also Rigby Star comprehension as well as topic related texts.