At Whitefield Infant School and Nursery we aim to develop the abilities of all children to communicate effectively in language and in writing; to listen with understanding and to become enthusiastic and responsive readers so that they can cope with the language demands in adult life.
We follow the principles set out in the National Curriculum. Language and Literacy skills are taught on a daily basis in Reception and Key Stage 1. These skills are then applied in cross curricular learning opportunities. Language and Literacy specific teaching and learning takes place within a whole class setting (shared/modelled reading and writing) and within ability-led guided reading and writing groups. Within guided groups, good practice is shared and modelled and the children also work independently or with a partner on set tasks. Teachers use a variety of interactive teaching methods to deliver the curriculum and achieve set learning objectives. These learning objectives are then assessed with this assessment feeding into planning for the next Literacy session.
The Nursery and Reception classes have an exciting and relevant role-play area and a well-resourced writing area. These allow adults to model extended vocabulary and encourages writing through purposeful, meaningful contexts.
In the Foundation Stage, emphasis is on teaching Literacy through role play, stories, storytelling, big books, guided reading and home reading.
In Key Stage 1 units of work are planned using the National Curriculum statutory guidance, which are linked in context to the current topic. These units cover the phases of the ‘Writing Sequence’. All the units are based on carefully chosen high quality books with supporting texts for each topic. Each Literacy Plan (lasting between 1-3 weeks) covers outcomes for Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing. Each plan has a writing outcome with a particular purpose and audience in mind. Over the year each year group will cover a balance of narrative, non-fiction and poetry text types. A clear set of end of year expectations are followed by each year group and incorporated into planning and assessment.
World Book Day 2017!
This year we celebrated World Book Day by decorating a head dress for our favourite story book character. We had a lovely day in school celebrating our love of reading.
Teaching Early Reading
Phonics is taught in every class across the whole school, including the Nursery. We follow the Letters and Sounds programme, supplemented with Jolly Phonics actions and resources from other sources as appropriate. The children are streamed in Year R, 1 and 2 and within each group lessons are differentiated to ensure all children are accessing high quality teaching at the level appropriate for their learning at that time. Groups are fluid to ensure children can move between them depending on the rate of their progress, fully maximising learning.
Below are some phonics based websites and links: