English is an essential part of our lives. It is our tool for communication. Our task is to provide opportunities for pupils to develop their language and literacy skills.
Literacy lessons and guided reading lessons take place within each pupil’s mixed ability class. Work is undertaken in a variety of contexts – independent, paired, grouped and whole class, enabling pupils to develop collaborative skills. Opportunities are also given for pupils to extend their literacy skills through cross-curricular work.
For children still in the early stages of reading, the ‘Letters and Sounds’ scheme for phonics is used. Early readers also have a reading book at the appropriate level to develop their reading. The school uses a coloured band system to grade these books. They include books from many different reading schemes.
Each pupil has a Home Reading Log. We ask that parents listen to their children read or discuss with them what they have been reading independently as often as possible. There are spaces in the log to record when this has taken place and prizes are awarded in school for completing a number of home reading sessions.