Literacy is taught daily in each class often connected to a class topic. Our aim is to develop an understanding of the spoken and written word enabling children to express feeling and meaning clearly.
We recognise that some Reception aged children will begin school having already acquired many reading skills. This will be valued and recorded by the teacher and will be built upon. We use a range of reading schemes throughout the school in order to develop different reading skills and strategies. Our main phonics teaching scheme is Read, Write Inc. and we also use Oxford Reading Tree. This is supplemented by other reading material at the appropriate level.
By the time the children have reached Years 3, 4, 5, and 6 they are well into the routine of selecting books and recording what they have read, moving on to 'free readers' when a good standard of fluency and comprehension has been reached.