Through a multi-sensory approach, children are taught to read and write at their own pace. Opportunities for learning are often based upon children’s own experiences, bringing learning to life. We have an extensive range of reading books that cater for all needs and interests. Our library and ICT resources allow children to develop knowledge independently. Children read independently almost every day. We encourage adult volunteers to come into school and hear readers, so that children develop reading confidence. As children move through school they begin to evaluate their reading through journals. Our focus is reading for meaning, and of course for enjoyment.
We encourage children to take pride in their written work and to try to present all work neatly. We have high expectations about presentation of work (with guidance policies in place for staff) and begin to teach aspects of formal handwriting as soon as children enter school. We have an agreed policy for handwriting (Penpals) and this ensures that staff use a consistent approach to teaching.
Staff teach interesting facts about the current topic and children embed their knowledge in a range of ways - through play, educational visits and visitors, research and talk time. They embed English through English Skills and Guided reading sessions, and have opportunities to practice and enhance through topic work, "Big Write" and home Learning Logs. We encourage children to write in formal contexts, and also to explore through more creative and independent approaches.English is embedded across the curriculum. Children have many opportunities to read and write. We have focus weeks and theme days, and this ensures that children value their learning experiences and feel compelled to write about them.