Speaking and Listening
Children are encouraged to develop their speaking and listening skills in a variety of situations enabling them to become confident and effective communicators.
From the Nursery class onwards, children are given access to a rich variety of books, both fiction and non-fiction. We aim to help the children become fluent and enthusiastic readers. A structured reading programme is used throughout the school comprising books from a range of schemes including Pearsen, Story Chest, Literacy Evolve, Cambridge Readers and The Book Project. It is supplemented by a carefully chosen range of children’s literature. A well resourced library is available for the children and the teachers to use. The children read daily, either individually or in small groups, and they cover a wide range of books that are banded according to their levels of difficulty and the skills required. Phonics is taught every day in every year group. We follow the LCP Phonics scheme across the school, which links directly to Letters and Sounds as recommended by the Department for Education.
Children’s writing begins with mark making in the Nursery where they are given ample opportunity to use various writing materials. As their confidence and skills develop they are encouraged to write independently and for a variety of purposes. At the same time we aim to see a consistent improvement in handwriting, spelling and grammar.
Development of emergent writing is encouraged from the Nursery. Emphasis is placed on correct letter formation in order to foster a legible handwriting style. There is a move towards a cursive style as individual abilities dictate.
Children are introduced to the most common spelling patterns. They are taught to spell words which occur in their writing. They are also encouraged to spell words for themselves and to remember the correct spellings.