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Phonics, Teaching of Reading and Reading Schemes

In English

We aim to develop the children’s competence, precision and confidence in speaking and listening, through oral presentation, discussion and performance. Children are taught to express opinion, relate narrative, give and follow instructions and communicate clearly within group situations.

Language is taught systematically and progressively throughout the school. We aim to develop the children’s knowledge of language appropriate to their age and stage of development as well as competence and confidence in its use. The children are taught to plan written work carefully and to produce fluent and neat finished copies in areas such as descriptive and narrative writing, poetry, instructional writing and report writing.

Reading

Great importance is attached to the teaching of reading in Holy Family. The school aims for understanding, fluency and accuracy in reading both for pleasure and for information.

Reading is taught systematically. Graded schemes operate throughout the whole school ensuring that children have acquired all the skills appropriate to that level before moving on to the next level. A wide range of books is kept in a centralised area which is clearly labelled and well organised and maintained.

We avail ourselves of a variety of teaching methods, varying them according to the needs of individual children.

The school has an extensive central Library which children use and a Library section in each classroom.

Parent helpers are actively involved listening to children read in the classrooms. We encourage parents to hear their children read every day at home.

Phonics & Spelling

The school has a clear focus on the teaching of phonics in EYFS and Key Stage 1. Further intervention is provided in Key Stage 2 for those pupils who require additional support. Throughout the school, spellings are learned as part of preparation for written work and in groups according to regularities of letter patterns and the sounds they represent. The method, “look, cover, remember, write and check” is used. There is a variety of resources in use throughout the school to aid the teaching of and give practice in grammar, punctuation and spelling. Resources include Letters and Sounds, Support for Spelling, Jolly Phonics and PhonicsPlay.

Handwriting

Children are taught to write legibly and fluently and are encouraged to take pride in their handwriting. Handwriting practice is carried out regularly.

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