This covers the areas of speaking and listening, reading and writing. We encourage children to look, listen and talk about experiences in order to develop oral language skills. Children are encouraged to speak in front of a variety of audiences in the classroom, on visits, in assembly and in school performances. All our topics are further enhanced with carefully selected core Literacy texts, to encourage children to develop a love of and excitement for reading. The main reading scheme is made up from a range of books, which are graded to ensure a width of reading at each stage of development. School also subscribes to the Bug Club reading scheme which children can access electronically from both school and home. We use Read, Write Inc as our phonics scheme and children use phonics based reading books from the Read Write Inc programme until they have mastered adequate phonics skills.
Writing at Sandhill aims to be a meaningful and focused experience for our children and the curriculum topic or core English text are largely used as a stimulus to write in a range of engaging contexts. We encourage our children to write using imagination for a range of different audiences and purposes. Children work on different types of writing throughout the term with a constant reinforcement and consolidation of core skills, enabling the children to build firm foundations and develop learning further.
To prepare our children thoroughly elements of the below are used in the classroom:
- Studying texts
- Drama, role play, discussion, debate
- Vocabulary and spelling
- Constructing appropriate sentences
- Teacher demonstrations
Grammar, spelling and punctuation are taught and applied within the context of writing, however some discrete teaching of these skills is also necessary.
In Key Stage 1 the phonics scheme we use is Read, Write Inc. and our reading scheme is Bug Club.