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Reading / Writing / Phonics


Our ultimate aim is for our children to leave DLA as confident, literate learners who can communicate their ideas in the written and spoken form. English is taught as a cross curricular subject, making links within the IPC, to ensure that the children’s skills are being developed at every possible moment throughout the week.

English lessons are taught 5 times a week which includes an Extended Writing session. The use of Ros Wilson’s VCOP approach (with a DL twist!) is embedded within and underpins our curriculum, assisting our children in understanding the fundamental elements of writing, grammar and punctuation. Lessons focus not only on writing, but also incorporate speaking and listening elements through drama and role play activities.

Handwriting lessons occur throughout the week to support our children to develop a fluent, legible style using the Nelson Handwriting Font by Year 2. Spellings are set for the children to learn and are tested on these each week, with the expectation that the new words are then used throughout the curriculum. The children are encouraged to use their phonetic skills when spelling. The spellings that are set are fully aligned with the new National Curriculum’s expectations for each year group.

Throughout the year we hold events and competitions and invite authors and companies to school to encourage the children to develop a love of English within reading, writing and speaking and listening. We want all of our children to develop a life – long passion and dedication towards reading and writing.

The use of ICT is incorporated into the curriculum where appropriate. English games and links are used through our MLE (Fronter) and our children are able to go on programs such as EducationCity to further their abilities.

The use of ICT is incorporated into the curriculum where appropriate. English games and links are used through our MLE (Fronter) and our children are able to go on programmes such as EducationCity to further their abilities.

Reading, Writing, Phonics

Phonics is the teaching of words which are made up from small units of sound known as phonemes. The children are taught how to identify the different phonemes and then how to read and spell words with these in by either segmenting, breaking a word up into phonemes, or blending, merging the phonemes together to make a word. The use of phonics is not only taught in discrete phonics lessons or in English lessons but throughout all areas of the curriculum to build the foundations for their education.

In the EYFS and KS1 phonics is taught on a daily basis for a minimum of 30 minutes per day in ability groups. In KS2 phonics is taught within Guided Reading sessions and at other times throughout the week were appropriate. Those children who have been identified as needing further support are given further teaching by Phonics trained members of staff individually or in small groups based on their phonetic ability. Assessment systems are used to track the progress of the children’s phonics knowledge so as to ensure that all children’s needs are met.

We have developed a variety of approaches including games, songs, actions and writing to develop their understanding of the sounds, both spoken and written. We use the Letters and Sounds and Read, Write, Inc programmes to teach the children.

Guided reading is taught 5 times a week, with a variety of activities participated in a carousel style. Our children are heard read by the teacher and TA throughout the week. Children are expected to read every night and have their reading record signed as part of their daily homework.

We have the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme books which are book banded and children regularly take these home to read. We are also in the process of developing our school library to give children even more choice of books to borrow and enjoy.