Literacy lessons are a core aspect of the curriculum and include the development of skills in speaking and listening as well as reading and writing. The teaching of this subject uses the guidance from the National Curriculum to ensure that all aspects of such a broad area of the curriculum are delivered. Our children tell us that they enjoy literacy and this is an out line of what and how we deliver the curriculum.
From September 2013, children in Nursery, Reception and Year 1 have been following the literacy programme Read Write Inc. which will be taught daily. It is rooted in synthetic phonics and focuses on reading and writing skills.
In Year 2 and into Key Stage 2 Letters and Sounds is currently followed for the teaching of phonics. Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read and spell by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. Children have daily Letters and Sounds sessions in Key Stage 1 and it continues into Key Stage 2 where necessary. We use daily support programmes for children who find reading challenging and regularly monitor their progress including Rapid Phonics.
At St. Patrick's we use a variety of reading schemes for home reading and guided reading such as Bug Club, Phonics Bug, Read Write Inc. and Oxford Reading Tree. The children follow a banded system which is matched to their reading level. The children are free to take home shared reading books which they can access and choose themselves in school. Each child has a reading diary/homework record which is personalised to their Key Stage. We encourage parents to hear their children read every night and to record comments in their childs diary.
Guided reading sessions take place throughout the school where small groups of children read and discuss a book developing a broad base of reading and comprehension skills. We are also fortunate to have a wide range of volunteers who regularly come to the school to hear children read on a one to one basis.
We are fortunate to have a library situated in the heart of the school. This area is available to children if they need to find out information to support their learning in class. Also each child has an opportunity to choose a book every week to take back to class with them. Some children prefer to borrow fiction books whereas others choose from our selection of non-fiction books. We also have a group of Year 6 librarians who plan and lead activities to encourage younger children to read during a lunch time club.
Writing lessons focus on the development of handwriting, punctuation, grammar and the creative process which brings this together to make a piece of writing. The children from Year 1 up to Year 6 take part in regular Extended Writing sessions. Many of our children tell us that this is their favourite writing activity.
Each class will look at a variety of fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts as a basis for their own writing. The children have opportunities to look at works of famous authors and poets and from a range of different cultures. You can have a closer look at the genres covered by looking at the Termly Topic letters which can be found on the class pages.
Speaking and Listening
This area of the curriculum focuses on children’s ability to communicate well. This aspect of literacy includes the development of speaking and listening as well as drama and group work. Speaking and listening well is an important life skill and we teach these skills during literacy lessons.
In order to inspire writing and reading we hold special events such as author visits and school competitions for reading and writing. Over the last few years we have entered the annual Wellington Poetry competition.
You can find further information about supporting your child at home in Literacy here.