Pupils’ early literacy development starts in Nursery with the introduction of the Read Write Inc programme as a supportive tool for teaching reading and spelling. Pupils continue to develop their early literacy skills using Read Write Inc as they enter the Foundation stage. We offer a play based, continuous provision in our EYFS, allowing children to develop through the Early Learning Goals of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. Pupils access both indoor and outdoor learning environments, as they do in our year one class too. EYFS and year one teacher work as a team to plan and design the learning environments. They are geographically located next door to one another too, allowing collaborative practice to take place and enhancing a smooth transition from EYFS to year one.
As children develop their reading and spelling skills through the Read Write Inc programme we introduce the No Nonsense Spelling approach to teaching spelling. This is used from years two to six, enabling a progressive and consistent teaching of spelling throughout the school. Fluency in reading and comprehension skills are developed using the Cracking Comprehension programme, which again s used from years two to six. Emphasis is placed upon the importance of daily reading and classes use reading reward schemes to encourage pupils to engage in regular reading at home. Alongside this we run targeted reading interventions, such as the Project X scheme and daily reader systems in school to ensure our pupils have the opportunity to become confident and fluent readers. We use the PIRA assessments each term as a progress measure and to identify when a child might need to access a specific reading intervention.
In order to enhance the quality of oral and we have a school wide focus on vocabulary and language development. We use the Speech and Langauge Link screening in FSU and each class uses a word wall to collect interesting words or words that the pupils did not know the meaning of. Discussions are regularly had around the meaning of words and the context that words from the word wall are used within. Some pupils are exposed to a pre-teaching of vocabulary to further enhance their understanding of topic based words. All pupils have access to word mats containing key words linked to their topics and learning for each term or half term (depending on their topic length.)