Literacy should be FUN and EXCITING with opportunities to EXPLORE texts and ideas in order to DEVELOP new ideas RECORDED in a variety of ways. At Westrop we ensure children experience a wide ranging curriculum which engages and motivates.
Reading We use a core reading scheme to develop reading and comprehension skills supplemented by a variety of other texts to encourage independent reading. Each class is read to by the teacher covering both modern and classic texts including poetry as this helps to promote enjoyment of the written word sharing examples of different styles of writing which the children can ‘magpie’ for their own work. Phonics In Foundation and KS1 the children have 20 minutes of phonics each day. The children are taught in small groups at the phase they need in order to continue to make progress. Spelling All children are taught spelling rules and how to write a word using their growing phonic knowledge, plus the ‘tricky words’ which don’t follow rules! Writing We aim for each child to experience a wide variety of types and styles of writing. First- hand experience, films, books, newspapers ……. and imagination are used to create writing which the children are taught how to create, evaluate and edit. Speaking and Listening Children are given opportunities to gain confidence in speaking individually, in small groups and through class based activities. We also use performance – Christmas plays and performing arts to encourage those who have a particular interest or ability. Listening is crucial – but not an easy skill for many! By developing learning attitudes and encouraging children to become independent learners we continue to see progress in this area. Handwriting This is practised daily through personal learning time.
At Westrop we teach reading in many different ways. Our core reading scheme is Bug Club which covers a variety of reading books including decodable phonic books, fiction and non- fiction books, plays and comics. The range of books ensures that children have challenging texts to read until they leave primary school. Understanding these texts is an important skill which can be practised through asking questions about the text. Clues can also be gained from using the illustrations. Reading for meaning is vital!
Alongside this core scheme children have the opportunity to read a variety of other texts including paperbacks by traditional and current authors. The school library is also available for children to borrow a selection of books on a regular basis.
In learning to read children need to be taught phonics – the sounds letters or groups of letters make.
(Have a look at Appendix 1 under literacy for further guidance.)
We use Letters and Sounds as a basis for teaching phonics across Foundation and KS1 – children have 20 minutes each morning in phonic groups to enable them to make consistent progress. Games are used from other sources including Alphablocks from CBeebies and Jolly Phonics.
Some words are taught as tricky words because they cannot be sounded out eg house
Each year group will have a set of words to learn which include the most common words found in texts. (Common words tabs under literacy)
If you would like more information we organise workshops for parents on a regular basis which cover help with reading and learning phonics.