Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. We follow the Letters and Sounds scheme incorporating the Jolly Phonics actions. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
Reading: children read and understand simple sentences. They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also read some common irregular words. They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.
We encourage parents and carers to read with their child every night. All children have a blue book bag and a Home Reading Record book. We invite parents to sign or make a comment to help support their child’s reading at home. Children have the opportunity to change their reading books regularly.
We encourage a love and respect of books and it is helpful when children spend time at home talking about books and reading. Encouraging the children to ask questions and say what is happening in the pictures and why are good starting points. Whilst out and about, we encourage the children to look at the print around them - in shops, posters, road names, signs, etc.
We use a synthetic phonics programme called ‘Read Write Inc’ produced by Ruth Miskin. Read Write Inc. is a method of learning letter sounds and blending them together to read and write words. As part of this, all children in Reception and KS1 have daily phonics sessions in small groups where they participate in speaking, listening and spelling activities that are matched to their developing needs. The teachers draw upon observations and continuous assessment to ensure children are stretched and challenged and to identify children who may need additional support. Children work through the different stages, learning and developing their phonics sounds and knowledge
Children take a Phonics Screening Check at the end of Year 1.
Writing: children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. They also write some irregular common words. They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.