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Helping Your Child At Home With Reading
At school we have a wide range of high quality materials to support your children in learning to read, including the fun and multi-sensory Jolly Phonics programme. Children in the Foundation Stage begin to learn to read using phonics and their learning continues throughout KS1.
For more information on supporting your child with their phonics learning click the link below. It also demonstrates how to produce the 44 sounds correctly.
For more information on the Jolly Phonics scheme click this link below.
Where there is extra practice, children make significant progress and so we encourage parents to read with their children on a daily basis. Parents are by far the most important educators in a child's life and it's never too young for a child to start, even if you're only reading with your child for a few minutes a day.
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Caught Reading Competition: Why not take a photo of you or a family member caught reading. If you email it to me I will up load them to this web site where you will be able to see the funniest places people have been caught reading.
Have fun and happy reading.
Oxford Owl : Supporting your child's reading. This is an excellent site with lots of information about supporting your child with reading. There are also over 260 free ebook for you to listen to with you child. You can also click on some story tellers telling stories too!
Minister for Literacy and the Library:
Each year we have a year 6 pupil to be our very own Minister for Literacy and the Library. They share with the rest of the school and new ideas and development during the School Parliment.
Speaking, listening, reading and writing are part of everything we do in our lives. All these aspects of language have a key place in our work in school at various times. The school undertakes a literacy hour most days where appropriate. Literacy is planned from the Renewed Primary Strategy.
Listening and Speaking: We support all children's development of spoken English to enable them to participate fully in all aspects of school life. We follow the Primary Strategy guidance on speaking and listening. The year group objectives include children learning to respect the views of others, but also having the opportunity of asserting their own ideas. There are ample opportunities for these skills to develop through a variety of structured play activities in the Foundation Stage, as well as role play, drama and class presentations as children move through school.
Reading: Children learn to use phonic skills and their sight vocabulary to make sense of text from the start of their schooling. It is important that they acquire a full range of strategies to become effective readers. As they progress, shared and guided reading are used to develop children's reading skills. Able readers encounter a variety of challenging texts and are guided through examples to draw out the range of messages and information present.
Books are organised into colour-coded sets to give children an idea of materials that are within their capabilities, thus extending choice and autonomy to even our youngest children. Assistance and guidance is on hand to help avoid inappropriate selections. We have an excellent and extensive library with a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books available.
Children's reading is monitored regularly in school and skills are taught in a variety of contexts. Many of our children are very successful readers, which reflects the strength of our links with parents and the support and encouragement that comes from home. Regular practice at home is clearly to each child's advantage.
Writing: Our youngest children learn to write using their phonetic knowledge and by using the examples of words displayed around them. Shared and guided writing is used to further develop a range of writing skills and strategies including structure, organisation, grammar, punctuation and spelling. Children are guided through a variety of different styles, and "framing" techniques are used to help the children plan and develop work and to communicate different types of writing effectively related to meaningful purpose and always to a high standard.
Writing takes a variety of forms and includes imaginative poetry and prose, factual research and the expression of feelings. Grammar, handwriting, spelling and punctuation are taught within the context of these various forms of writing, as well as in specific skill-based lessons. We place high emphasis on handwriting and presentation. Keyboard and word-processing skills are becoming increasingly important in school and our children have regular access to computers with a strong emphasis placed on developing typing skills.
If you would like to read our formal policy for Literacy, please follow the link to download it; Literacy Policy