“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”
~ Dr. Seuss
Basic skills are essential; however, we pride ourselves on always striving to teach in a creative and engaging manner. High quality texts are at the core of all we teach and instill a love of reading, passion for discovery and a confidence to explore their imagination.
Phonics is an integral part of the initial journey at school. In EYFS and Key Stage 1 children have a daily phonics lessons, as well as consolidating their skills throughout the curriculum. Y3 continue with some phonics lessons for those children who still require the phonics approach. Years 1 to 6 have a weekly spelling lessons using the Rising Stars Spelling scheme. We follow the scheme, Storytime Phonics, through daily lessons and by using the accompanying resources. Both our spelling and phonics schemes are based on stories and texts at the heart.
We want our children to foster a lifelong love of books and reading throughout their primary school life and way beyond. Daily reading sessions take place, based on the Accelerated Reader programme from Year 2 to 6. This gives us a robust way of monitoring reading and celebrating reading success in our weekly celebration assemblies.
“I only write when I’m inspired, so I see to it that I’m inspired every morning at nine o’clock.” ~ Peter De Vries
A structured approach to learning the basic skills necessary to access a full curriculum is essential. We have recently introduced Bedrock, an online vocabulary resources, to support and stretch pupils in Key Stage 2. We also employ are range of systems to support our SEND pupils, including Dyslexia Gold.
Units are planned over a 3 week period, focusing on reading, writing and editing to create work of which children can feel proud. We focus on a wide range of genres and choose texts that match our cross curricular topics, so as to engage and inspire pupils.