The teaching phonics begins in the Foundation Stage using ‘Letters and Sounds’, supported by the use of Jolly Phonics and a range of fun, stimulating games to help children begin to learn to read and write. The teaching of phonics continues throughout the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, systematically, progressively and regularly so that by the end of Year 2 or early Key Stage 2 almost all children will be ready to move into the KS2 Spelling programme.
Home reading books are provided first of all using the Phonics Bug reading scheme before moving into the Bug Club scheme. Children are also encouraged to choose from recommended reads in their classrooms.
Speaking and Listening, Reading, Writing, Spelling, Grammar, Punctuation and Handwriting are progressively developed as children make their way through the school.
Throughout KS1 and 2, the English curriculum is delivered in units of work lasting on average for three weeks per unit. The first week of the unit is spent focussing on developing children’s reading and comprehension skills and finding out about the text genre and its features.
The second week of the unit focuses on developing the children’s writing skills in that particular focus genre. Teachers give clear feedback as to how children can improve their writing and pertinent links are made with improving the children’s grammar, punctuation, spelling and vocabulary skills.
By the third week of the unit, the children are ready to write independently for an extended period of time in the focus genre. Their final piece of writing is assessed and feedback is given to each child as to how well they have done and what they need to do to improve further.
Individual targets are then set for the next unit of work, and children are encouraged to self assess against their targets for improvement.
Literacy skills are not just taught during English lessons but are evident in many other areas of the curriculum. It is not confined to school either and the elements of Homework, weekly spellings and the Library / Home reading book are key instrument to children’s development in Literacy.