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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.

Click on the year group links below to see the year group expectations in Literacy:

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.

Using an image as a stimulus for writing poems

Using an image as a stimulus for writing poems 1
Using an image as a stimulus for writing poems 2
Using an image as a stimulus for writing poems 3
Using an image as a stimulus for writing poems 4

Teaching Early Reading

We strive to teach the children the key skills to be able to read, as well as a passion and love for books and reading. We provide an environment conducive to this by ensuring children are exposed to a rich variety of texts, opportunities to share and enjoy books and the role models they need to experience why reading is so great!

 

Guided Reading is a dedicated, accurately planned session during which children are taught the skills to become confident, independent and motivated readers. Skills we teach include; application of phonics to decode words, self-correction, self-monitoring, omission to work out unknown words, reading for meaning and inference.

 

We have collated some tips and suggestions to help parents' effectively support their children when reading at home. This Parents' Guide explains the key skills and strategies we use with children to enable them to become independent and confident readers.

 

 

All the children love going to our school library

All the children love going to our school library 1

Some great suggestions of children's books, please take a look!

Phonics

 

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.

 

 

 

Click below to download sound mats for each phonics phase:

Click below to download the Jolly Phonics action cards and pictures:

Phonics is made fun and EYFS classrooms have 'Phonics Challenge Areas' within their provision

Phonics is made fun and EYFS classrooms have 'Phonics Challenge Areas' within their provision 1
Phonics is made fun and EYFS classrooms have 'Phonics Challenge Areas' within their provision 2

Click below for some information about how children learn to read using phonics:

Click below to download a key word presentation:

Below are some phonics based websites and links:

 

  • Phonics Play A website with information for parents and games for children.
  • BBC Bitesize "A fun activity to help children at KS1 learn about phonics."
  • Family Learning A website with numerous links to phonics games on other websites.
  • BBC Words and Pictures "These activities focus on the common spelling patterns for the nine vowel phonemes that are introduced in Year 2."
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