Pupils are taught to develop an understanding of the spoken and written word. They are encouraged to express themselves confidently and clearly in a variety of speaking, writing and listening activities and are given opportunities to write extended pieces across a range of genres and on a variety of topics. Pupils are made aware of the need for correct spelling, clear legible handwriting and attractive presentation.
Pupils are challenged to read fluently and with understanding. All children are taught to skim, scan and find clues in the text to assist their understanding. The development of these key reading skills encourages and allows children to read both for pleasure and for the acquisition of information. Every day, time is set aside for individual or group reading with each year group following a class novel. Teaching staff, classroom assistant, parent helpers or reading buddies hear children read as often as is practicable.
Pupils are also expected to read at home each day to an adult and on their own to broaden their vocabulary and develop a lifelong love of reading. Questions are provided in our Home-school book to help prompt discussion about the texts which you read at home. Our class and whole school libraries are well equipped with a range of books that children are invited to borrow. The school library is open Tuesday to Thursday lunchtime for the children to use.
Each year group explicitly teaches key spelling rules weekly and allow children time within the school day to practise their spelling using a wide variety of fun and engaging activities. To meet the rigorous requirements of the National Curriculum, all children are exposed to key grammar and punctuation terminology through dedicated grammar lessons which are then referred to and included in extended pieces of writing.
Our literacy curriculum is broad, balanced and stimulating, and guided by the Primary Framework for Literacy. For those children who struggle with reading, we continue to support them with the synthetic phonics scheme which is used at Stanley Park Infants School. Reading is promoted through a range of whole class texts, group reading books and recommended individual books. Research is promoted through quality non-fiction books and access to the internet. Personalised ICT programmes are available to enable individual support for children who may need individual practice in spelling and reading comprehension. We aim to promote a love of reading and writing for a purpose.
Children are challenged to extend their speaking and listening skills in many ways e.g. they are challenged to practise and perform poetry, characterisation, dance and song. Throughout the school year, children are given opportunities to meet and work with visiting authors, poets, dancers, actors and performers who provide inspiration and impetus for great speaking, listening and extended pieces of writing.