Spoken communication, Reading and Writing are the three elements of the English Curriculum. Spoken communication skills are taught within the English session, however, it is often more appropriate to develop and apply these skills in other areas of the curriculum.
The majority of teaching and learning of reading and writing takes place within shared, whole class sessions and teacher guided group work. Children are taught a phonic approach to develop reading skills and this is based on the Letters and Sounds programme. Texts and related learning activities are carefully matched to ability yet providing an element of challenge and selected to give children experience of a wide range of text types, including fiction and non fiction.
For reading books, we have a colour coding system for individual and home reading, which ensures that each child can develop through the various stages without being rigidly tied to one scheme. This also ensures that children can choose from a range of books within their abilities.
Children are encouraged to write for a variety of audiences and in a variety of styles – various types of story, poetry, letters, factual accounts etc. We are especially keen to encourage children to write creatively, to encourage a love of language and to give them a valuable channel for the expression of feelings. We place a great deal of importance on the development of competent literacy skills, recognising that success in other areas on the curriculum and outside the school depends on the individual’s ability to communicate with others, to be able to read and write with confidence and fluency. Cross curricular links are carefully planned to give children the opportunity to use and apply their literacy skills in other areas of the curriculum too.