Literacy

Reading

We nurture the love of books throughout the school. A committed home/school link exists to promote reading progress and reinforce strategies taught in school. Children at Key Stage 1 follow  a daily programme of systematic synthetic phonics and usea variety of materials to enhance this area. Key stage 1 children use the ‘Oxford Reading Tree’ a lively humorous scheme, which progresses to ‘Tree Tops’ for Key Stage 2 children.

Pupils use the ‘Oxford Reading Tree’ support material for phonics, comprehension and vocabulary extension. They are encouraged to read for a variety of purposes for pleasure, information retrieval and research. We aim to link Literacy texts to work in other curriculum subjects and always celebrate World Book Day.

We have received visits from famous authors such as Michael Murpurgo, Pippa Goodhart and Alan Gibbons.

Writing

maths 015The acquisition of proficient written recording skills is an essential goal for our pupils. They are encouraged to write for a variety of purposes and audiences. They learn to write in different genres; to record the results of investigations and research, write letters and factual reports and use writing as a media to express their creativity.

We use Ros Wilson’s “Big Writing” throughout school. Teachers model writing to the pupils and give them the input to become a successful writer during a class session. The children then write for 40 minutes with the lights dimmed and music playing in the background. This practice has been understood to improve writing skills and forms a strong backbone for learning correct usage of grammar and punctuation.

Pupils also learn to publish their work, using the computers in our I.C.T. areas.

 

Speaking and Listening

Speaking and listening are fundamental to learning and as such great emphasis is placed on these skills. They can be acquired across the whole curriculum. We pride ourselves in the fact that when putting on shows, performances and end of year productions, that all our children take part, from Reception up to Year 6.