The English Curriculum
Literacy and Language Development
Language is central to education as it is through language that children develop the ability to communicate and to formulate their thinking.
In our language and literacy teaching we aim to develop skills to allow the child to:
Read fluently, with understanding and enjoyment
Become articulate and listen with comprehension
Express their point of view, discuss and reason
Write fluently using the correct conventions of written language, based on experience of a variety of stimuli and forms of writing
Spell correctly and write legibly
Develop research skills and take appropriate notes
The learning programme that the children follow is based on the National Curriculum and is adapted by class teachers to meet the needs of the children in their class.
Our approach to reading is to develop a love of reading, text and books. Also for our children to develop the skills and strategies to enable them to tackle a wide range of texts and genres, both digital and written in books.
Throughout the school day, children are provided with many opportunities to develop reading skills, through individual one -to-one reading sessions, guided reading sessions, shared reading as a class, library time and independent reading time. We also provide children with chance to hear and listen to adults reading class readers, which enthuses, motivates and enriches the repertoire of our children.
The children are taught from a variety of materials. The children use the reading scheme "The Oxford Reading Tree" as the basis for home and school learning and later may progress to a wide variety of other reading books and selected texts. Colour coded books are available at each level for children to read with parents and in class as a group reader. The aim is to achieve proficient readers who read for both enjoyment and information. Some lower Key Stage 1 and Foundation children read 'Dandelion Readers' which supports their phonics learning. These are books made up of mainly CVC blending which gives them initial confidence when using their sounds.
Our Phonics teaching programme for Year R and Key Stage 1 is based on the Letters and Sounds phonic scheme. In Key Stage 2 the children continue with some aspects of Letters and Sounds where appropriate and/or follow spelling progressions as laid out in the National Curriculum. Grammar skills are taught discreetly as well as through other English lessons.
Guided Reading is given a high priority throughout the school. Children will have opportunity to participate in at least one guided reading session each week. This is led by the class teacher or Learning Support Assistant. Each session will have a specific objective based on reading skills, such as decoding, inference or deduction. We have recently invested in purchasing additional new resources to enable staff to deliver high quality guided reading.
Our school library is very well stocked and our librarian spends many hours ensuring the library is well organised and meets the interests of all children. We have magazines available for the children to read including First News and "Kids National Geographic". We have recently added puzzles and games to our library to develop reading in other contexts, further developing a love of reading by all children. The school is fully computerised for both fiction and reference, which is classified using the Dewey system. This ensures that the children are able to find information for themselves from a wide variety of sources in both the school and the public library. We invest annually in purchasing new stock for the library to ensure it is a modern and vibrant place to learn and enjoy books. We employ a part time librarian who works closely with Hampshire Schools Library Service to keep our stock up to date.
We provide a wide variety of writing opportunities for our children to develop their skills. Imagination and creativity are key and we encourage children to explore different genres in their writing. This includes letter writing, story, diary entries, biographies, reports, recounts and non-chronological reports.
Various materials are used for the teaching of grammar, comprehension, punctuation, and word construction and advanced reading skills. Emphasis is placed on format and creative expression and handwriting, poetry and spelling are taught from Reception year.