We place a great emphasis on reading.Teachers use good quality fictional texts to plan their topics and lessons, which foster a love of literature and encourage life-long reading habits. We use a variety of approaches to bring texts to life and engage the children in reading We want children to read with fluency and understanding so it becomes a soures of pleasure and enjoyment. The development of reading throughout the school is carefully structured. Initially, we use graded reading schemes and as a child's reading competence improves we encourage him/her to read other lively and interesting fiction books. The children learn to become enthusiastic users of our fiction and non-fiction library. Another key strategy is our use of guided reading where small groups of children work with an adult to explore a text in a variety of ways leading to an enriched appreciation and understanding of it. Phonics instruction also plays a core part in the development of a child’s reading ability and all children are assessed at the end of Year 1 as part of the statutory phonics screening test
Writing is an important tool for communicating ideas, thoughts, feelings and emotions with others and our aim is for pupils to communicate these effectively and concisely through their written work. Our staff ensure that they provide relevant and stimulating opportunities to support children develop their writing skills.
In line with the New National Curriculum, discrete lessons are taught in spelling, grammar and vocabulary extension. This learning is then made relevant and purposeful in the context of the children’s own written work. The quality of content in children's writing is paramount. Poetical, informational, instructional and descriptive writing are all part of our pupils' education. Through drawing on their own experiences and supplementing it with other sources, our children develop an effective vocabulary, fluency of ideas, confidence and enjoyment in written language. Correct use of English is also taught using pupils’ own writing. Class lessons are given regularly on specific aspects of spelling, punctuation, extension of vocabulary and grammar as prescribed by the New National Curriculum.
Handwriting is taught as a skill and art form. Our children are initially taught to print their letters clearly before progressing to cursive handwriting. Pupils learn to join their letters at an early age (in Years 1 or 2). From Reception onwards, children are taught to take a pride in the presentation of their work. In order to sustain a high quality of content and presentation, attention is paid to displays of children's work around the school as well as individual work in exercise books.
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