Literacy at All Saints (including Early reading and Phonics)
Literacy at All Saints is taught across the whole of the curriculum.
The Literacy Year at All Saints
The Curriculum is covered using different genres (types) of fiction and non-fiction literature. Click below to see how the genres of literacy are organised across the school, and then read on for further information about the teaching of reading and writing including phonics.
All Saints Literacy Curriculum planned through genres.
Click on this link for a National Curriculum overview of Writing coverage for parents
Click on this link for a National Curriculum overview of Reading coverage for parents.
Reading is broken down into Guided Reading Sessions which take place on a daily basis and Shared Text Reading which takes place at least three times a week. Home-school reading books also go home on a daily basis with a home school record book. This is supplemented by the use of on-line reading books specifically allocated for each child through ‘Phonic bugs’. Additional teaching of reading is supported through some very small group work where children are tutored through early stages of decoding and understanding. Additional adults also come into school to support children with reading practise. Children also hear stories for pleasure at least three times a week, and reading skills are applied in other subject areas.
Reading schemes used at All Saints are: Phonic Bugs, Oxford Reading Reading Tree. Your child will have a Phonic Bug account to read on line books allocated to them at home. Click here for a direct link. You will need your child’s individual password and user name. If lost it is available from your class teacher or the main office
Rapid Phonics is used to support pupils in KS2 who have yet to master early stages of reading.
Click on this link for an overview of Reading coverage for parents.
Writing is also taught through Shared text writing and guided writing sessions. Children are taught to understand the purposes for writing to support the quality of the content and technical skills such as spelling, grammar, punctuation and handwriting. Real reasons for writing are emphasised across all year groups and writing skills are practiced throughout other subject areas as children record their learning from Foundation Stage to year 5. Children are taught to write in a range of genres and text types, helping them to understand what the ‘key features’ of each form may be and are encourage to understand how they can manipulated language to best effect. In developing these skills they specific teaching of talk for writing, memorising texts is developed to enhanced the learning process.
Click on this link for an overview of Writing coverage for parents
Throughout literacy children learn about and celebrate the work of authors and poets, explore classic and modern texts and understand the links between the work of an author and the enjoyment of a reader. Fostering a love for literacy, and embedding key skills is essential to all the progress children make with at All Saints. As children learn about different genres an text types they are utilised in their cross curricular work in order to embed and apply their literacy skills.
The main core of literacy is taught from the units of the primary framework. It is the combined content of these units, together with continuous and discrete work at word and sentence level, which helps the children to reach age related expectations. Further work on presentational skills and speaking and listening is on going throughout the year with a strong emphasis on communication and drama
Early Literacy at All Saints (Phonics)
(Communication, Language and Literacy Development)
Phonics for reading , writing and spelling
Early Literacy is about teaching the children everything they need to know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write. Most children begin to learn the skills that lead to reading before they even step into school; sharing books at bed time, talking, playing noisy games, listen to sounds when out and about and recognising shop signs are all part of this learning journey.
Once settled into Reception at All Saints we begin to use Letters and Sounds to support fun and interactive opportunities for speaking and listening and, when they are ready, phonics. Phonics is the relationship between letters and their sounds and children need to understand how to blend these sounds together to read, and segment words (sound out/split up) to write. Children in Foundation Two, Year One and Year Two have daily discreet phonics sessions and are provided with cross curricular opportunities for reading and writing to embed and extend this learning every day. At All Saints we use ‘Letters and Sounds’ to teach phonics. Click here for more information.
To help your child we hold regular phonic sessions for parents to support how parents can really enhance their child early reading. This includes differeing types of phonic games to play at home and the order in which phonics are taught.
To support reading we use a variety of reading schemes that build on the rapid progress that the children can make, these include Oxford Reading Tree and Pearson’s Phonics Bugs as well as popular television characters the Alphablocks and Phonics Comics. Many teachers also prepare their own materials to support guided and group reading.