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Literacy at All Saints



Literacy lessons:

At All Saints we have daily Literacy lessons that cover the core strands of the National Curriculum.  Literacy skills are developed throughout a unit to create a purposeful end result called a ‘Big Write’ which includes a drafting, editing and final write up process. Throughout the school year the children will explore different text types including narrative, non-fiction and poetry.

New English Curriculum:

This year a new curriculum has been introduced by the Government.  The expectations for the children’s learning in English have changed.  Please look at the parents guide to explore the new objectives that will be covered in each year group.



Teaching Reading:

In Foundation Stage and Key Stage One we use Read Write Inc. Phonics which is a systematic approach to teaching reading, writing and comprehension that has been developed by Ruth Miskin.  Read Write Inc. is a method of learning centred on letter sounds and phonics, blending them together to read and write words using sounds that have been taught in their reading and writing.

In Lower Key Stage Two children needing to continue their phonics learning follow Read Write Inc. Phonics until the end of the programme.



Teaching Writing in Key Stage Two:

Children in Lower and Upper Key Stage Two follow a scheme called Literacy and Language which provides a natural progression from the children's learning experiences of Read, Write, Inc.  Literacy and Language is a complete literacy programme for fluent readers and fully prepares every child for writing using a planning, drafting and revising method. The scheme also provides frequent opportunities to create articulate speakers where children justify their answers and learn how to debate. As the children progress through Key Stage Two they move towards a literature based curriculum whereby sustained whole class texts provide opportunities for personal response and empathy development with characters.

Through Literacy and Language the children will have the opportunity to:

•    Enjoy powerful complete stories, poems and plays by authors both teachers and children love – including Michael Morpurgo, Jamila Gavin, Carol-Ann Duffy, Ted Hughes, Geraldine McCaughrean and Jeremy Strong.
•    Learn how to get to the heart of a story or the nub of a non-fiction text.
•    Learn to identify themes and ask universal questions.



Teaching Spelling:

In Foundation Stage and Key Stage One we use Read Write Inc. Phonics to help support the children’s spelling by teaching the children to use and apply the sounds they have been taught using their Fred Talk to spell words.  They also begin to learn red words which have a naughty grotty grapheme that they have got to learn and cannot Fred Talk.  We use fun ‘Fred Rhythms’ to help children remember these tricky spellings.

Once children have completed Read Write Inc. Phonics in Key Stage One they begin discrete spelling sessions.  The children take part in a range of teacher led, paired work and independent activities to help them become accurate and confident spellers. 
In Key Stage Two the children take part in weekly discrete Spelling sessions.  Sessions have a clear spelling objective from the new National Curriculum requirements and through a range of strategies, approaches and activities the children improve and practise spellings they find difficult.

Teaching Handwriting:

In Foundation Stage,  letter formation is linked to Read Write Inc. Phonics and is taught alongside each set 1 sound with a mnemonic to help children remember the correct formation and ensure that they start and finish each letter in the correct position. 

Writing involves using a tool to make small, controlled movements so in Foundation Stage the children have daily opportunities to take part in fine motor activities such as cutting, threading, modelling, hammering, finger rhymes, sorting small objects, sticking, pattern-making & tracing to help develop their fine motor control.  These activities will be continued in Key Stage One where appropriate as well.
In Foundation and Key Stage One the correct pencil grip is taught and encouraged as well as good posture when writing.