Developing in our children the skills to express themselves articulately, both orally and in writing, is central to our approach to teaching Literacy. We also seek to foster in our children a love of reading and literature, which lasts for their whole lives, and helps them to build up a wide vocabulary and range of ideas which can be used creatively in their own writing.
We have adopted the ‘Power of Reading’ scheme across the school; this approach is based on the children really immersing themselves in high-quality texts. Through deep exploration of the texts studied and the use of a range of drama activities, the children build up a bank of ideas, which has a striking impact on the writing they go on to produce. From these texts, creative opportunities for writing in a range of genres, both fiction and non-fiction, are identified.
Wherever possible, we have selected texts which link to learning in other areas of the curriculum e.g Geography, History and Science. We find that this approach helps our children to deepen their understanding of their Geography, History and Science whilst also developing their reading and writing skills. There are also opportunities within Geography, History and Science lessons for children to apply their Literacy skills.
Alongside teaching reading skills within Literacy lessons, we also have daily guided reading sessions across Key Stage 1 and 2. In these sessions, the children read a range of high-quality texts, and through discussion with and questioning from adults, develop the ability to discuss and analyse texts at a gradually higher level. In Key Stage 1 and 2, the Collins ‘Big Cat’ guided reading scheme and Project X is used in all classes. Children also have access to Active-learn and online reading and comprehension resource, both at school and at home.
Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling:
The teaching of grammar, punctuation and spelling is integrated into our daily Literacy teaching, so that our children clearly see the purpose of using correct grammar in relation to the genres they are learning to write in. Often our lessons begin with short, discrete grammar, punctuation or spelling activities, which then feed into the other activities within the lessons. We also ensure that success criteria for writing tasks include the appropriate grammatical and punctuation elements, so that the children apply their learning in these areas in their own writing.
We teach phonics using RWI (Read Write Inc)
Read Write Inc. Phonics teaches children to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension. They learn to form each letter, spell correctly, and compose their ideas step-by-step.
Children learn the English alphabetic code: first they learn one way to read the 40+ sounds and blend these sounds into words, then learn to read the same sounds with alternative graphemes.
They experience success from the very beginning. Lively phonic books are closely matched to their increasing knowledge of phonics and ‘tricky’ words and, as children re-read the stories, their fluency increases.
Along with a thought-provoking introduction, prompts for thinking out loud and discussion, children are helped to read with a storyteller’s voice.
Have a look at the gallery below which shows children throughout the whole school reading, writing and learning English!