Literacy

Throughout Foundation Stage, Key stage 1 and Key stage 2, the English curriculum develops each child's Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing, building on what a child already knows to achieve confidence, fluency and accuracy.

 

A wide range of situations aim to develop a clear, fluent and interesting speaker who can use language appropriately and consider the needs of the listener.  Taking turns will be a start to a growing attention span and concentration.  Word games, Storytelling, circle time, recording, assemblies all extend vocabulary as well as improving confidence.

 

In Foundation Stage we use the Jolly Phonics programme to introduce phonics, letter patterns and word recognition.  This is developed and built upon in Year 1 & 2 through the Phonics Bug programmes, which introduces digraphs, long vowel phonemes and word recognition.  These approaches help a child to become an effective reader using an interactive and kinaesthetic approach.  This is further supported by whole classes sharing texts and smaller groups working with a teacher, or support assistant to extend understanding of wider ranges of texts and organisation of language.  The sharing of good literature, as well as the use of 'have ago' spelling books, dictionaries, thesauruses and glossaries, support the development of vocabulary alongside spelling.

 

Spelling also develops an increasing vocabulary of known words.  Awareness of letter patterns and rhyming skills are used to build more words from families and by adding suffixes and prefixes.  The teaching of grammar begins with capital letters and full stops and develops into an awareness, and use of, more complex punctuation, parts of speech, dialogue and paragraphs as children progress through Key stages.

 

From the earliest stages, handwriting patterns and letter forming exercises lead towards a neat, clear, joined style that will give good presentation to all written tasks.  All children have the opportunity to use computers as a writing tool.

 

Children are encouraged in their attempts at independent writing from the start and, through shared and guided writing opportunities, in which they learn through imitation, innovation and invention, they learn to write for a wide range of purposes – to entertain, inform, explain, instruct and persuade. They are shown how to plan, revise and edit their work, which is imaginary or factual, by being supported to Read as a reader and Read as a Writer and so improve its quality.​

 

Phonics and Reading

In Foundation Stage we use the Jolly Phonics programme to introduce phonics, letter patterns and word recognition.  This is developed and built upon in Year 1 & 2 through the Phonics Bug programmes, which introduces digraphs, long vowel phonemes and word recognition.  These approaches help a child to become an effective reader using an interactive and kinaesthetic approach.  This is further supported by whole classes sharing texts and smaller groups working with a teacher, or support assistant to extend understanding of wider ranges of texts and organisation of language.  The sharing of good literature, as well as the use of 'have ago' spelling books, dictionaries, thesauruses and glossaries, support the development of vocabulary alongside spelling.

Bug Club 

Jolly Phonics​  

Writing Terminology

 

Mrs K Staniforth

Senior Teacher and Literacy Co-ordinator​​

Priestley Primary School, Prince Charles Drive, CALNE, Wiltshire SN11 8TG