In Upper Foundation Stage children begin to make the links between sounds and letters. They are encouraged to write in all areas of the provision. They are also given many opportunities during outside play to develop the gross and fine motor skills needed for writing. As they move through the school, children are systematically taught the skills to enable them to write a variety of texts confidently and independently through shared, guided and independent writing tasks with real audiences. Teachers aim to provide children with purposeful writing tasks and real audiences to enjoy their writing.
Through their lessons children develop the ability to speak confidently and clearly, listen attentively, and read and write for a range of purposes. Literacy is a core subject timetabled and taught discretely in its own right, however, literacy skills range across the curriculum and children will have many opportunities to use and develop them in other areas of the curriculum.
Speaking and Listening:
We want all our children to be confident communicators. This begins in Upper Foundation Stage, where we ensure the children have access to a language rich environment, with plenty of opportunities to develop the ability to express themselves clearly and confidently. This continues throughout Key Stage One where children regularly take part in small group work that requires discussion and collaboration, as well as drama and role play activities. In Key Stage 2 children continue to develop their ability to communicate effectively and experience a range of drama activities, which require them to speak different contexts, considering their audience and the purpose of their speech.
We want all of our children to develop a love of reading, we provide them with opportunities to enjoy a rich variety of genres. Again this year, we will make a significant commitment to expand the range of books in our libraries and explore ways for greater access by pupils to the library.
Children from Upper Foundation Stage to Year 2 take part in a daily phonics session, using the 'Letters and Sounds' programme which involves introducing new sounds to the children, and then providing them with an opportunity to apply and practice their new knowledge in their reading and writing. Children are encouraged to develop both fluency and understanding through discussions of the books they read with the adult they share it with.
In Key Stage Two, children continue to build on the skills they developed in Key Stage One. They are taught to read more challenging and lengthy texts and practice skills of deduction and inference.
The core reading scheme used across school to support reading is 'Oxford Reading Tree'.
This year we are promoting the importance of Bedtime Reading following on from our Reading Information evenings.