We aim to provide the children with enjoyable reading experiences, which will produce confident readers who can use books effectively for pleasure and for information. Banded reading books are used to give structured progress, particularly in the early stages.
Children are encouraged to explore a variety of multimedia texts including picture books. Reading is celebrated throughout the school. Children share books with a reading partner in our very active library club.
Children are encouraged to write by being given a real purpose to do so. They plan and produce personal diaries, imaginative stories, poems, letters, lists and reports. Grammar, spelling, punctuation and dictionary skills are taught to enable communication to be effective. Opportunities are given for sharing good writing by reading it to other children and by having it displayed. Children are taught phonic skills to aid early writing. Neat cursive handwriting and good presentation are encouraged.
Listening and Speaking
These skills are vital in all learning and social situations. We encourage the children to listen carefully to others and to speak clearly and confidently in discussions. Children explore, develop and sustain ideas through talk. Children are offered many opportunities for taking part in a variety of presentations and productions within school, at the local church and in the wider community.
Children also use drama techniques including work in role to explore ideas and texts.