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Speaking and Listening


Phonics skills are taught discretely throughout school. Within literacy session children are provided with many opportunities to apply what they have learned in order to blend for reading and segment for spelling. 

We have a huge range of reading materials to motivate and inspire children to develop a life-long love of reading. We have worked hard to provide resources to match the existing interests of our children, but also in providing high quality texts for a range of given purposes. We are continuously enhancing our provision, including the use of ICT resources such as CD Roms, internet sources, and the use of Phonics Bugs which children can access both within school and at home.

Being an infant and nursery school we place a strong emphasis on teaching children how to read words through learning how to link letters and sounds, recognising common irregular words and using syntax and context.  Alongside this we encourage children to interact with books and interpret meaning whenever we read to or with them. Children learn to use books to carry out research to deepen their knowledge of other curriculum areas such as science (e.g. life processes, forces, materials) and history (e.g. The Great Fire of London).  Learning takes place through whole class, small group and 1:1 activities.

We acknowledge the huge importance of the role of families in supporting children’s reading development either by listening to children read or reading with/to them and are able to provide books and web based resources for use a t home.


Writing is an integral part of all the curriculum.  Children are involved in writing for many purposes and for different audiences including persuasive writing and newspaper reports.  Writing includes many different elements – spelling, handwriting and planning and shaping texts.  The ability to identify sounds in words and to use “book” language are essential if children are to develop into successful writers.  To develop compositional skills we place a heavy emphasis on Talk For Writing where children have lots of opportunities to rehearse their writing orally and draw storyboards to help sequence and develop ideas.

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