All aspects of English – speaking and listening, reading and writing are enjoyed. Drama is especially valued as it provides so many opportunities for expression in small and large groups. Children read regularly and we have a systematic approach to the teaching of phonics throughout the school. The Big Write ensures the children write for an extended period of time on a weekly basis.
Reading and Phonics
The 1:1 reading schemes that the children follow are:
Oxford Reading Tree, Sunshine Spirals and Ginn reading books. Later these progress to free choice – appropriate for their age and stage.In the Reading carousel we have Big Cat reading scheme books.Children use Lexia in KS1 as part of their work on decoding, phonics.Children also have access to Phonic Bug reading books which can be differentiated to their phonic stage.Collins comprehension books are also used for written comprehension practise.
We follow the letters and sounds scheme published by the government, but use the LCP planning structure our teaching of phonics.
Children use the following resources to support their phonics – letters and sound activities, floppy phonic reading books, phonic bug computer program and reading books, Lexia phonic section.
We also have a continuation computer program for KS2 children with phonics – which is Phonics to Spelling – this is a computer program that children work through stages after completing a diagnostic assessment.