Phonics is taught daily using the Letters and Sounds progression document. This is a six phase teaching programme that develops children’s phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting within the Early Years Foundation Stage, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers and have a basic understanding of spelling by the end of Key Stage One. Phonics lessons also focus on the reading and spelling of tricky words that are unable to be decoded phonetically but are essential for children to read and write. Phonics interventions are taught in addition to quality first teaching to all pupils who need it. Parents can click on the link below to find out more about the Letters and Sounds Programme. http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/
The teaching of reading is currently high priority. All pupils are taught to read daily and have many other opportunities to practise and improve their reading skills throughout the week. Pupils are encouraged to read widely and take a book home every day.
In the early years of reading acquisition, pupils first learn to read by sharing simple texts aimed at developing early phonics and sight vocabulary. Colour banded books are read alongside more challenging ‘real’ books that enables reading comprehension skills to be taught from an early age. As children’s confidence develops through improved sight vocabulary, phonics skills and comprehension skills they will thrive as independent readers.
Alongside developing phonics skills and sight vocabulary, reading comprehension continues to be taught throughout KS1 and 2 using a combination of approaches and resources:
- Reading lessons – from September 2017 reading lessons will be taught every day. These have been developed using recent research into the teaching of reading (Reading Reconsidered by Doug Lemov).
- Every child has access to a range of books either in their own classroom or from the school library. All children take quality texts home to read every day and they also have time to read throughout the school day. Every child in year 6 will receive a kindle from September 2017.
Park View is part of the Primary Writing Project developing ‘Talk for Writing’ across the school. This is based upon research undertaken by Pie Corbett.
From September 2017, teachers will be focusing on ‘4 purposes for writing’ (Michael Tidd) to ensure that pupils are clear about why they are writing and who they are writing for.
Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling
Grammar, punctuation and spelling is taught throughout school, both explicitly through dedicated lessons and discretely, where appropriate, through all lessons.
Spelling KS1 and Spelling KS2 booklets, specifically designed to be used in class every day and taken home for spelling practice.
The school has adopted the ‘Penpals’ handwriting scheme to support the teaching of handwriting across school.
Most children will be expected to join their writing by the end of Year 2 and to have developed a fluent, confident and individual style of joined writing by the end of Year 6.