See Phonics and Reading page for more details.
Curriculum Intent: Writing
Early spellers follow the Letters and Sounds phonics program and complete activities around High Frequency Words to help them develop and apply the spelling rules and patterns.
From Year 2 onwards, children who are confident in applying phase 6 phonics move in to teaching the Read Write Inc. spelling scheme. Children follow fast-paced, 15 minute daily challenges to apply and reinforce the spelling rules for their own age related expectation. The scheme includes access to online fun and engaging online videos to help prepare children for the expectations of the statutory spelling assessments in England.
We follow the Nelson Handwriting scheme. This is a whole-school programme designed to help all children develop a confident, legible and personal handwriting style and meet higher curriculum expectations. The programme includes resources for pattern practice and motor skills work as well as fun activities to bring handwriting to life.
Some free information videos are available at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLW-Dpen99Aj4iday3vas6RQL9_C_2_dht®ion=uk
Vocabulary is a vital strand of reading and understanding. Vocabulary matters for many reasons:
- Children in Year 6 need to understand a wide range of words to succeed in their SATs.
- Words empower children to make sense of the world around them. A wide vocabulary helps them to put their emotions into words, socialise with people, imagine and wonder.
- Vocabulary growth is directly related to academic achievement.
- Expanding a child’s knowledge of words provides unlimited access to new information.
In school, we use a variety of approaches to help children develop their understanding of words and expand their vocabulary. This is not limited to English, but takes place across the curriculum.
The key to developing your child’s vocabulary is exposure to new words, through real-life experiences and reading.