We know that language and literacy are fundamental to the overall development of our children and their access to the curriculum. We aim to deliver quality teaching of basic and higher order reading, writing, speaking and listening skills to enable our children to become confident and successful in their literacy.We want children to be able to talk about what they have learned in a knowledgeable and articulate way, using their ‘public voice’.We use a variety of teaching and learning styles to teach literacy skills. We aim to develop children’s ability to listen, speak, read and write for a wide range of purposes, including the communication of their ideas, views and feelings. We do this through daily lessons in which children experience whole-class reading or writing activities, guided group or independent activities, and whole-class sessions to review and assess progress and learning.In all classes, children have a wide range of abilities, and we seek to provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. We achieve this through a range of strategies. In some lessons, we do it through differentiated group work, while in others we ask children to work from the same starting point before moving on to develop their own ideas. We use support staff to support some children and to enable work to be matched to the needs of individuals.
Strategies to teach reading
Reading at home
We take a phonetic approach (the sounds letters make) to the teaching of reading. We use the Read, Write, Inc scheme to teach phonics so that reading, writing, handwriting and spelling are integrally linked, modelled and practised every day. These discrete phonic lessons are taught daily in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. Children are regularly assessed and then streamed into relevant phases depending on their ability. They learn the shape, name and phoneme for each letter and group of letters in a sequential way. They have daily practice at reading those letter sounds and blending them to read words including the sounds that they have learnt. The children get success and enjoyment from reading books linked to the sounds that they have been learning that week and these books are part of the home reading diet for the children as well as a book of the child's own choosing that they can share with parents/carers. Children are taught to read words automatically if they are very familiar; decoding them quickly and silently because their sounding and blending routine is now established and to decode them out loud.
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