Literacy teaching involves the four elements of English: Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. We want our children to become: confident speakers, good listeners, readers who enjoy reading a range of genres and who can gain information for a variety of uses and writers who are comfortable when writing for varying purposes.
In KS1 and if required in KS2, we teach synthetic phonics, reading and writing through the Read Write Inc approach. Read Write Inc. is a literacy programme rooted in phonics which has given us a really effective way of teaching reading and writing from the start. We have been using Read Write Inc. approach to reading and phonics in school for several years now and have seen a real impact both on our literacy results and on classroom management and behaviour, as well as learning in other areas of the curriculum.
At the heart of the programme are five key words - pace, passion, purpose, positive teaching and praise - and these now really drive all our teaching. What we find so transforming is that it gives all children the confidence to succeed as it is clearly structured - there is simply no room for them to fail. The partner work really helps their speaking and listening skills too.
At KS2 children we aim for all lessons to cater for all types of learners. We use a wide range of resources such as film, music, photographs to engage children in the writing process. We have a special 'Wow Writing' session in each class on a weekly basis. Music is sometimes played and the children learn that writing can be fun and exciting!
More information about our literacy curriculum can be found in the downloads section.