Understanding Progress in Literacy - document for parents
Children are encouraged to write freely from an early age and will be given the opportunity to apply their writing skills throughout the curriculum. To encourage this, we use just one writing book for all Literacy together with foundation subjects. This approach allows the children to develop confidence to work independently and confidently as a writer and see its relevance to each subject.
Children will also have regular access to ICT equipment to facilitate the presentation of writing. ICT is an integral part of Literacy, using Web-based resources, Education City, word processing and other software to create presentations and film clips. Teachers use interactive Smartboards in their teaching, which engages the children’s interest and provides a rich variety of learning experiences.
We believe that effective writing comes from children talking and sharing their first-hand experiences, planning and redrafting their work and then creating a piece of written work they are proud of and which is well presented.
Our approach to reading
Staff at St. Anne’s C of E Lydgate Primary School use a structured synthetic phonics programme which is linked to our main reading books from the Oxford Reading Tree.
The core phonics programme is delivered through Floppy’s Phonics, supported by Letters and Sounds, and is augmented by a range of reading books across genres. These books are normally Oxford Reading Tree books though we do support and challenge more able readers with the Rigby Star range of texts.
Children also have at least one guided reading session per week when a teacher listens to them and discusses the text to develop their understanding.
Where possible and voluntary adult support allows, there is also a weekly 1:1 reading session for children with reading records used to encourage a home-school partnership approach with parents. Reading records are also used to communicate with parents so progress remains central to our love of learning approach.
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