Children are given regular opportunities to write for a purpose, using their topic theme to give writing a context. Different text types are taught, using quality books as a model to develop children’s understanding; the structure and language features of texts are analysed and basic skills teaching of punctuation and grammar ensure that children are well prepared for their own writing. We believe that good writers have a wide vocabulary and this is a key priority for teaching. Every opportunity is taken to advance this important area. Detailed marking of extended writing with improvement prompts, supports children in taking their learning forward.
As well as the main text type, children apply their understanding of previously taught genres during their topic work, thus ensuring text types are regularly revised.
Additional basic skills sessions, including spelling and handwriting, are carefully planned. These are specific to the needs of classes, groups and individuals.
A daily 20 minute synthetic Phonics lesson is taught in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 classes. It also extends into Key Stage 2 where children have not gained a sound phonological understanding. The school phonics programme follows the ‘Letters and Sounds’ document.
Reading is given very high priority within school. All classes have dedicated 20 minute reading sessions where all children complete purposeful reading activities. Guided reading takes place with groups during this time. Children have the opportunity to have stories read to them and share class novels.