Literacy lessons take place throughout the school to provide a daily period of dedicated English teaching time for all pupils. English unites the important skills of reading and writing, and also involves speaking and listening. Good oral work enhance pupils’ understanding of language in both oral and written forms and of the way language can be used to communicate. It is also an important part of the process through which pupils read and compose texts. In an addition to the literacy lesson pupils also have a guided reading, phonics and/or spelling and Big Write lessons. Pupils call upon their literacy skills in all aspects of the curriculum and these skills form the foundation for all learning at Primary School.
At East Wichel Community Primary School and Nursery we place a big emphasis on developing reading and writing as it is the corner-stone of everyday life. During a school day pupils are taught the skills of phonics, reading, writing, spelling and speaking and listening.
East Wichel Primary School and Nursey teaches phonics through the Department for Education recommended “Letters and Sounds” programme. We also use the Jolly Phonics scheme in FS1 and FS2 to supplement Letters and Sounds. We use the Oxford Reading Tree scheme and supplement these with other resources such as Phonics Bug and Collins Big Cat and a range of supporting texts both virtual and real
We aim to develop the love of reading in pupils and will, therefore, provide them with the opportunity and encouragement to read a variety of texts and genre. We use a range of core reading schemes which pupils progress through during their time at East Wichel Community Primary School and Nursery.
Writing is developed through a variety of different fiction and nonfiction forms. This will include stories, letters, newspaper articles report writing and many more. The skills taught in Literacy are practiced in Big Write sessions and through cross curricular activities.
Daily phonic lessons in Reception and Key Stage 1 lay the foundations to reading and writing and spelling lessons in Key Stage 2 extend this learning. We place high emphasis on presentation and therefore handwriting is practiced regularly and pupils are encouraged to take pride and value their work.