Welcome to the world of Literacy at All Saints
Literacy Manager – Mrs J Akrill
Reading, writing, speaking and listening are the core skills within Literacy that we aim to develop within our school. The National Curriculum documents below contain details about what children in each year group must be taught in these areas. The school policy documents contain details of how our school teaches them.
An overview of how Literacy is taught within the school
- In EYFS, the children are split up into ability groups and they have a Read, Write Inc lesson every morning.
- In KS1, the children are split up into ability groups and they have phonics lessons 4 times a week and guided reading lessons 3 times a week. They have a handwriting, grammar/punctuation and a spelling lesson once a week. They have a writing lesson once a week and undertake an extended writing process once each term.
- In KS2, the children have a guided reading lesson and a reading comprehension lesson once a week. They have a spelling lesson, a handwriting lesson, a grammar lesson, a punctuation lesson and a writing lesson once a week. They also undertake an extended writing process once each term.
Development plans for Literacy
The development of reading and writing is of high importance on the school improvement plan. Some of the new initiatives taking place this year include:
- The implementation of a new cursive handwriting programme (see the link above)
- The implementation of a new spelling programme (see the link above)
- Revision of the extended writing process (see document below)
- The provision of an online library service for all pupils to borrow books from whilst at home
- A race for reading challenge in all classes
- The provision of a recommended authors reading box of books in all classrooms for pupils to borrow books from whilst at school
- A range of training sessions in reading and writing will be provided for all teaching and support staff
How challenge is provided in Literacy
Every Literacy lesson taught within school will contain a challenge for the children to complete when they have finished their main learning. Every piece of Literacy homework will contain a set challenge. We ask parents to encourage their child to complete it. All holiday homework will contain Literacy challenges on a ‘pick and mix’ sheet for the children to choose from. Curriculum challenges (completed as extra work during term time), based on cross curricular theme work, are deliberately designed to be open to interpretation and therefore can take the form of Literacy work within many different genres.
What parents can do to help with their child’s Literacy at home
- Listen to you child read every night when they come home from school. Ask them questions about what they have read aloud to you.
- Write a comment about their reading in their reading contact book.
- Practise your child’s spellings with them every night when they come home from school. Ask them to spell various words from their list to you at random times each night.
- Look at the Literacy homework they have been given for the weekend and supervise them whilst they complete it. Check that it has been completed to the best of their ability before accepting that it is finished.
- Look at the school’s handwriting cursive script with your child. Get them to practise using it every day. Try using it yourself and challenge your child to see whose is neatest!
- Ask your child to look up the meaning of words in a dictionary.
- Introduce a new word each day to your child. Get them to say the new word in a sentence.
- Say a sentence to your child ask them to improve it using wow words (better vocabulary)
More information for parents about Literacy in schools can be found in the document below.
If you would like any specific information please speak to your child’s teacher or the school’s Literacy Manager.
Useful websites where children can practise Literacy skills in a fun way
Primary Games BBC Bitesize BBC Schools Top Marks