At Greenlands Community Primary School we place great emphasis on developing the children’s skills in spoken language, reading, writing, spelling, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation. These skills are applied across the curriculum and when possible links are made between subjects.
We are committed to the continual development of pupils’ confidence and competence in spoken language. This underpins the development of reading and writing. We encourage children to express opinions and present ideas in both formal and informal situations. Drama, role play, discussion and debate bring language to life and are important in teaching self- expression.
We promote a love of reading and aim for all our children to be fluent readers. Reading is taught throughout the school using a range of strategies depending on the age and ability of the children. Initially the emphasis for the teaching of reading is decoding and word recognition, moving on to developing the children’s comprehension skills.
All pupils are encouraged to read a range of stories, poems and non-fiction to develop their imaginations and gain knowledge across the curriculum.
We continually strive to provide reading materials that are of interest to and meet the needs of the children. As well as having access to reading books which are levelled using the nationally recognised Book Band system each class has its own library.
There is a good selection of systematic synthetic phonics books including Floppy’s Phonics, Phonics Bug and Bug Club which enable the younger children to practise the skills they have been taught in their daily phonics lesson.
Parents play a vital role in helping their child to learn to read. We value and respect the support given by parents, especially in reading and we are sure that you will agree that it is a rewarding, enjoyable and worthwhile activity.
In the Foundation Stage and Key Stage One the children take part in daily phonics sessions which are led by teachers and teaching assistants.
Phonics teaching is an important key to success in reading and spelling. The children learn about the relationship between sounds and letters, word structure and spelling structure. The document ‘Letters and Sounds’ is used as the basis of the phonics curriculum.
Within each year group the children are taught the skills to write clearly, accurately and coherently for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.
There is an emphasis on developing the pupils’ competence in spelling, handwriting, composition, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation which they are encouraged to apply to different types of writing.
As with reading, the pupils apply the skills they have been taught in writing across the curriculum.