Communication in English is a vital part of every child’s life. Literacy unites the important skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Confidence in these skills enables access to all other areas of the curriculum. Children who are confident in Literacy skills are also able to critically appraise information and to develop their own ideas. Pupils can discover the beauty of language and the joy of using it creatively.
So we want our children to become confident, independent: Able to speak in front of audiences, able to organise their thoughts effectively and use Standard English when it is appropriate; able to listen with concentration and understanding; able to read for enjoyment and use their skills to infer from a text; to write in a range of genres, controling and manipulating language and take pleasure in writing, to write with a legible and fluent hand and to spell accurately.
We immerse our children in an environment rich in print and possibilities for communication and because we recognise the importance of links between speaking, listening, reading and writing and take care to provide opportunities for the children to experience each aspect in order to enhance their learning. We understand the importance of talking as preparation for writing and integrate opportunities for pair and group discussion, role play and drama into Literacy lessons. Whenever possible, we link the skills learned during literacy lessons to other areas of the curriculum. Other subjects provide a wider range of opportunities for Speaking and Listening, Drama and role play as well as writing in many different genres.
We recognise the crucial of reading in developing learning and we provide a wide range of resources – book corners, the school library, interactive whiteboards – to capture their interest and encourage them to enjoy books. Children are taught the association between sounds and letters through Phonics. We use a structured reading scheme (Oxford Reading Tree) as the core of our teaching programme. Many other graded books are also used. Children read individually to the teacher or teaching assistant, until they are proficient enough to join a guided reading group. Children then read and discuss text in detail with other children. Your child will be part of a teacher led group every week.