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
At St Antony's we use the book bands system for grading books. Each book band has its own colour. Book bands is a proven approach to developing successful readers. It is a national scheme that grades the wide variety of reading scheme books and many ‘real’ books according to the difficulty of the text.
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.