Literacy is at the heart of all learning. Having the skills to read, write and speak clearly is fundamental; every child must know how to interpret instructions and communicate in order to achieve.
Literacy is taught in a daily lesson each day and is often based around a specific type of genre for a unit of two to three weeks. Activities can range from modelling writing, sentence structure and vocabulary which eventually combine together to form a whole piece of writing. Drama and skills in presenting information is also incorporated. Where possible links are made to topic and vice versa, topic provides an opportunity for the children to demonstrate skills independently.
Reading begins with daily phonics in Key Stage 1 where children are assessed continually for progress. Books are an important part of learning and children use a reading scheme to build vocabulary.
Phonics continues in Key Stage 2 and spellings are regularly tested.
All classes spend half an hour each day reading or completing reading based activities and the teacher is able to support groups to access books and comprehension, enabling pupils to understand inference and character or techniques such as persuasive language in non- fiction.
Every three weeks children participate in Big Writing. They prepare, with homework called: “talk for big writing” and in class with vocabulary, using connectives, sentence openers and punctuation. Pupils work towards writing independently. This helps inform teachers and pupils of future targets for learning.
Teachers work hard to inspire and motivate children to become successful readers and writers.