The ability to use the spoken language, to listen, along with the skills of reading and writing are vital if the child is to communicate effectively. These skills are needed for all aspects of the curriculum and are developed by our teachers in line with the National Curriculum.
We focus on developing the child's ability to express themselves effectively whilst also listening to others and responding thoughtfully, building on ideas and viewpoints.
The programmes of study reading at Key Stage 1 and 2 consist of two elements: word reading and comprehension.
Children are systematically taught letter sounds and to recognise high frequency words at sight by an approach called 'letters and sounds'. Phonics are used alongside other reading strategies to ensure that the children are able to decode text fluently.
Understanding what they have read is vital to developing a love of books that will last forever. To develop these comprehension skills children will experience high quality discussion with their teacher and other members of staff individually and as part of a small group in guided reading.
In school we expose children to a wide variety of genres and materials, encouraging them to develop their own preferences and enabling to make informed choices about what they want to read. Books are organised into coloured bands, based on the Cliff Moon system- througout the school with the most able readers selecting texts using the universal library code.
We are fortunate to have our own library containing a wide range of books for all ages.
The programmes of study reading at Key Stage 1 and 2 also consist of two elements: transcription (spelling and handwriting) and composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing).
The teaching of phonics also impacts on the learning of spelling, which is also taught systematically throughout the school. Children are asked to practise spellings at home and with parental support this enables them to progress.
Children are taught to plan, organise and refine their writing across a wide range of genres; and grammar skills are vital to this.
Wherever possible the children are given a real purpose and audience for their writing such as invitations to parents or complaints to the Parish Council this stimulates their creativity and helps them understand that they are learning a very important skill.
Earls Colne Primary School & Nursery
Tel: 01787 222205
Fax: 01787 222010