Welcome to our English page where you will find out all about the teaching and learning of Reading, Writing, Phonics and Spelling.
Getting off to a good start
We want our children to love reading so that they can find out about the world and enjoy books for pleasure. In recent years we have invested in many high quality books and have a well stocked and much loved library. A stimulating and engaging core text is at the heart of each half term's topic plans and time is made for reading for pleasure each day.
The ReadWriteInc scheme is used to support the development of early reading and spelling skills and the resources provide structured practice in decoding words and reading through phonics. Each set of books is carefully graded so that children can read them with confidence, as soon as they have learned the sounds linked to the set. Children are taught in small groups with children at a similar stage to them.
KS2 spelling is taught in small groups, but within class. The teachers use a combination of ReadWriteInc and additional resources to structure the learning in these year groups.
Rather than using one reading 'scheme' we use a wide variety of books which are carefully banded by colour to ensure progression for the children. This approach allows the children to read in a much greater range of genres and develop their interest and love of reading from an early age.
Children practise writing every day, beginning with mark making in EYFS through to drafting, editing and publishing as they refine their authorial skills. Time is made for children to share their writing and celebrate what they have produced.
How to help your child...
You can help your child by:
Enjoying sharing books together and making time to talk about books
By reading to them
By using "pure sounds"at home when helping with reading and spelling
The link below will take you to the Ruth Miskin website where you will find many useful viseos to support you to support your children with their phonics learning.
What is "phonics"?
Phonics is a method for teaching reading and writing by developing learners' ability to hear, identify, and manipulate sounds (phonemes)—
The children then learn to associate these sounds with spelling patterns (graphemes) that represent them.
We are now part of the Letter-join handwriting scheme and any of our pupils wishing to practise their handwriting at home can now log in to the Letter-join website on iPads and tablets as well as desktop and laptop computers.
There you will find the same, easy-to-use handwriting resources as we use at school.