Every day children at Northleigh are given opportunities to develop their literacy skills through a wide range of activities.
Speaking and Listening:skills are developed through drama, presentations, performances and group work in school.
Writing: Children are encouraged to develop writing skills through all areas of the curriculum. Success in writing is celebrated throughout the school. The children often enter competitions and opportunities are provided for children to develop their skills in a variety of styles.
Phonics/Spelling. The teaching of phonics plays an essential part of the early years and KS1 curriculum. Children are assessed at the start of the school year and placed into an appropriate phonics group for thirty minutes teaching a day. Phonics is taught through the Letters and Sounds programme. When in KS2 Support for Spelling builds on the skills learnt in KS1. The children are encouraged to develop their spelling skills in the context of writing.
Reading is taught using the Oxford Reading Tree scheme and a variety of fiction and non fiction books from our classrooms and school library. Small group guided reading sessions focussing on understanding of text take place in the class.
Children in the foundation stage are looking at non-fiction texts based on their investigations into people who help us. These will include books on transport, such as Train Ride and Ocean Star Express. The children will also be looking at rhyme and poetry.
This term the children will be looking at texts based on food. These will include Jack and the Beanstalk, The Giant Jam Sandwich, Oliver's Veg and Fussy Freda. The children will also be using their non-fiction skills as they write recounts and non-chronological reports.
All the literacy in year 3/4 will be explored through our topic of "How Weird and Wonderful is Our World?". The main core of work will be based around Helen Ward's book "Wonderful World". The children will use inference and deduction skills as they explore the text as well as look at fantasy stories and settings, and create their own field journals.
In year 5/6 the literacy is linked to this term's question "How relevant is the past?". Texts used to inspire will include The Lion and the Unicorn, Anne Frank's Story, Carrie's War, Rose Blanche and some of the war poets.