Reading and Phonics
We use English to communicate in both written and spoken form. We use language to build our view and opinion of the world and our community. We continue to learn, develop and enhance our knowledge and understanding of English throughout our lives. We hope you continue to support us in this endeavour by reading to, and with, your children regularly.
English is taught daily with work appropriately differentiated to match all abilities. To support learning we use Letters and Sounds from EYFS through KS1. Reading is supported by using a colour banded system that enables children to increase their reading ability as they progress through the coloured levels.
Handwriting will continue to be a focus. Staff will model correct formation of letters and cursive handwriting, and provide opportunities for children to practice regularly. Books and texts are used so that children’s interest is maintained throughout the English sessions. The book/text will be used as a springboard to cover different genres with a scheme of coverage maintained for the year, which will be highlighted by each class to ensure coverage of all the genres of writing throughout the year for each year group. The National Curriculum will specify skills and knowledge to be taught for each year.
With parental support, we want our children to:
• speak clearly and confidently in any situation.
• listen actively and respond appropriately, developing knowledge and opinion.
• read fluently for both pleasure and information.
• write clearly and with confidence in any given genre. • use spelling rules, phonics and grammar accurately.
• be able to proof-read their own work and make amendments and improvements.
All information concerning the breadth of coverage throughout the whole school is available for parents on our website. Most importantly, we aim to nurture in the children a love of literature and language, and the confidence to continue reading and writing throughout their lives.