Spoken Language: The quality and variety of language that pupils hear and speak are vital in the development of their vocabulary and grammar and underpin the success of their reading and writing. The continual development of discussion and debate, the participation in and analysis of drama, and the conventions of conversation enable our pupils to gain a confidence and competence in spoken language, and the ability to listen and respond appropriately. We recognise the importance of storytelling in building children’s confidence and we are proud of our relationship with The Everyday Magic Storytelling Group.
Reading: Our teaching of reading encompasses the skills of both word reading and comprehension. Skilled word reading is taught from an early age through speedy decoding and recognition of printed words. Phonics are emphasised in the early teaching of reading to beginners when they start school, and we base our teaching on ‘Letters and Sounds’ while also drawing from ‘Jolly phonics’ and ‘Read Write Inc’. Comprehension skills develop through reading and discussing a range of high quality stories, poems and non-fiction. We encourage all pupils to read widely across genres in order to establish an appreciation and love of reading, and to access all areas of the curriculum. Reading opens a world of opportunity for young minds, developing imagination and curiosity. Parents can use our suggested texts for reading to support at home.
Writing: We teach children how to spell quickly and accurately, to use correct grammar and punctuation and to develop a fluent and legible handwriting style. These basic skills then allow pupils to be confident at articulating and communicating ideas, to develop clarity, awareness of the audience, purpose and context. Pupils have opportunities to practise a variety of forms of writing, not only as a skill for later life but also as a means of artistic expression.