Good literacy skills are essential for successful learning and successful life and here at St Richard's we give English the highest priority. Children have daily literacy lessons.
High quality fiction and non-fiction books are very important to our literacy curriculum and form the basis of the teaching, not only of reading, but of all the other components of literacy including writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation. We use the Literacy Tree Literacy Programme, a thematic, book based approach, as the basis for our teaching of English and where ever possible we link other learning to these books and texts. For more information see the link below.
From the earliest year groups we put an emphasis on developing good speaking and listening skills; encouraging children to talk fluently and to acquire new vocabulary through systematic planning. They are given a range of opportunities, both in class and outside of the classroom, to develop as confident speakers and communicators.
Starting from Nursery we teach phonics using the Letters and Sounds programme endorsed by the DfE. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven. All EYFS and KS1 children will have daily phonics lessons.
In Nursery children will concentrate on oral work including hearing environmental sounds; instrumental sounds; body sounds; rhythm and rhyme; alliteration; voice sounds and eventually oral blending and segmenting.
By the start of Reception, they will start to learn to recognise letter/sound correspondence; blend or combine sounds to make words and segment or separate sounds to read words. Their phonics lessons will include time to practice sounds they have learnt already; time to learn some new sounds; time to practice together and time to apply what they have learnt in a fun, multi-sensory way.
Once children have a secure phonic knowledge they go on to learn spelling patterns.
For more information about Letters and Sounds see the link below.
In Nursery and KS1 children have the opportunity to borrow a picture book. Until a child is a confident reader they will have access to phonically decodable books. Once they have a command of phonics they will have access to a broader range of reading books.
All children throughout the school have challenging and creative weekly guided reading sessions.
We use a range of reading scheme texts, books by famous authors and newspapers for individual and guided reading. In addition to this, the children have access to a wide range of high quality fiction and non-fiction books both in their classrooms and from the library collection.
At St Richard’s pupils enjoy and learn about the importance of writing in a wide range of genres and are taught to write with a purpose in mind. They are taught handwriting and encouraged to develop stamina to write. In addition they are taught the technical aspects of writing including spelling, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation.