A structured reading programme is well-established. The children begin by learning their letters and letter sounds in addition to writing their first sentences. In EYFS they are introduced to the “Letters and Sounds” scheme . This is supplemented with 'Jolly Phonics' IN EYFS and KS1. This leads smoothly on to the All Aboard reading books which in turn progresses on to the Ginn 360 core books however, alongside these we offer a wide range of carefully graded supplementary reading books thus providing necessary extension material for the teacher to draw upon. Teachers hear children read regularly as part of class and group lessons, making effective use of shared reading books and focusing on aspects of phonics, sentence construction and word work. Children are heard to read as individuals as and when appropriate, but this is less of a priority than it was in the past. Of course, the school encourages children to read at home to their parents or guardians and we are always grateful for such support. The reading scheme is colour coded according to level of difficulty and at each level extension readers are provided for.
Class English lessons are often based around shared texts and for this activity the school has a wide selection of so-called “Big Books,” both fiction and non-fiction, that can be used with different age groups. In addition, children are encouraged to read group texts, organised by the class teacher.
The school supports our local Town Library and each class makes regular visits according to rota. We believe it right to establish the “library habit” as soon as possible.
Each child has a personal reading record book in which they can record each book they have read. It allows the children, teacher of parents to make an encouraging and constructive comment to support the child’s progress.
The key to learning is effective teaching, setting the right challenges and assessing pupil progress effectively. Spelling and handwriting will form a part of english lessons however, wherever possible this will be linked to the termly theme and/or other curriculum areas.
Language work is planned carefully by the teacher to meet the needs and ability of each child, though language work can take place in a class, group or individual situation. Creative writing and poetry are essential for all children, and we aim to present children with a wide variety of prose and poetry as examples of good literature. Children have opportunities for taking part in drama, dance and mime in addition to performance in class assemblies and end of term plays and concerts. The more formal aspects of language and literacy, including grammar, punctuation, word study, spelling and dictionary usage are taught.