At Trinity Church school, we believe that pupils should develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. It enables them to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and to communicate with others effectively. We use the phonic bug programme which offers children the chance to learn alongside at home and match sounds taught to e-books shared online.
During both key stages pupils’ interest and pleasure in reading is developed as they learn to read confidently and independently. This involves two dimensions:
At Key Stage One children take part in a daily dedicated phonics session as set out in the Letters and Sounds document. The teaching of phonics is emphasised in the early teaching of reading to beginners. This involves the speedy working out of unfamiliar words and the speedy recognition of familiar printed words.Skills continue to be developed in the following ways:
Other strategies include:
Each child will have a Reading Record where appropriate; the purpose of which is to record the reading experiences both at home and school. This will be an exercise book and teachers will provide an information sheet for parents on how best to hear their child read as is appropriate to their age or key stage. Writing During both key stages pupils’ interest and pleasure in writing is developed as they learn to write confidently and independently.This involves two dimensions:
Current teaching practice and resources are to be in line with the new 2014 English curriculum. Children will be taught spelling strategies using a variety of approaches as set out in English Appendix 1 of the new curriculum (statutory requirements) and from the National Letters and Sounds document. Spelling Journal will be used from Y3 – Y6.
A variety of models for teaching writing are used; teacher modelling, shared writing, supported composition, guided and independent writing. Targets for writing are placed in either Literacy or Big Write books.
The school follows the statutory guidance which gives an overview of the specific features that will be included in the teaching of SPAG. Children are taught to use Standard English and the vocabulary necessary to discuss their reading, writing and spoken language.