Within Literacy, we develop children's skills in:
- Speaking and Listening: We encourage the children to develop skills in expressing themselves with clarity and purpose and to listen with understanding.
- Reading: Children experience a wide range of reading materials in order to extend their skills and to enjoy their reading. A broad selection of carefully graded books are employed to assist in this. For example, books with the same colour band are of comparable difficulty but incorporate different vocabulary. Emphasis is placed on the ability to sound out words (phonics) as well as the recognition of words (look and say). Therefore, we teach phonics daily in Robins and Barn Owls classes. Children in all classes regularly read in small groups with the teacher, talking about the stories they have read. This is called guided reading and is very important in helping to develop children’s reading comprehension. This, alongside one-to-one reading at home and at school, provides a firm foundation for learning to read.
- Writing: We aim to provide the children with the skills and opportunity to present their ideas and information in a variety of written forms. We use a wide variety of Literature to develop children's imagination and understanding of different writing styles as well as teaching the basics of grammar, spelling, punctuation and an understanding of language.
- Handwriting is taught so children begin to join their letters from Year Two.
- Drama: Drama and role playing are used to develop speaking and listening skills as well as helping children to improve in their reading and writing.
The basic skills of reading and writing, including phonics, spelling, punctuation and grammar are taught explicitly and regularly. Phonics is taught based on the 'Letters and Sounds' approach. Many opportunities are taken for children to use and develop their reading and writing skills through the creative topic that they are studying, giving children a clear purpose for writing and reading.