At Linchfield Community Primary School we aim to provide children with the necessary skills to communicate creatively and imaginatively, therefore enabling them to succeed in the wider world. We recognise the importance of a systematic approach to the teaching of reading and writing throughout the school, including a progressive and engaging high-quality Phonics and Spelling programme.
At Linchfield Community Primary School we follow the ‘Read, Write, Inc’ phonic programme. In Reception, our phonic skills begin with speaking and listening. We practise listening for sounds at the beginning, in the middle, and at the ends of words. We also practise blending sounds together verbally to make words. In the Autumn term, we begin teaching children single letter sounds through ‘Read, Write, Inc’. Children learn the sound, the action and the formation of each letter. As the children become more confident, we teach them how to put these single sounds together to read and write words. Throughout the year, we constantly reinforce the importance of correct formation of these letters, practising in different ways, such as using glitter, sand and playdough. We also focus on High Frequency words, such as home, we, look, I, where the children learn these by sight.
In Key Stage 1 the children continue to follow the ‘Read, Write, Inc’ scheme through phonics and spelling but we enhance and support this with a wide range of resources such as whiteboard writing activities, card games, flash cards, interactive on-line and published games, as well as the many interactive activities suggested in the scheme itself. We have found that following the structure and guidance of the ‘Read, Write, Inc’ scheme ensures a full coverage of phonic sounds and spelling skills and that the enhancement activities allow the children to apply and consolidate their knowledge in a variety of contexts. This then allows them to link phonic and spelling rules and strategies to their writing and reading tasks more effectively.
In KS2 the children continue to use the ‘Read, Write, Inc’ Programme of study for Spelling supplemented by the Year group National Curriculum Spelling Programme.
We use two main reading schemes within the school these being Oxford Reading Tree (ORT) and Ruth Miskin phonic based books, which are generally used for in school group reading. The general ORT books are also supplemented by extension ORT books.
At Linchfield Community Primary School we value every part of the writing process and to develop our pupils as enthusiastic writers. we plan for progression in the teaching and learning of writing using different strategies for giving appropriate support at each stage of the writing process. Children will be given as many ‘real’ reasons for writing as possible, incorporating cross curricular opportunities. Writing will be for a range of purposes and audiences, including books, poetry, captions, lists, recipes, articles, letters, instructions, stories, reports, records, memos, experiments etc. Film and drama will be used to enhance ideas and motivation for writing. Throughout the school children will have opportunities to be involved in the whole writing process of drafting, re-drafting and presentation. Children will be encouraged to improve their writing, considering increasing interest to the reader, using a rich vocabulary and different methods of presentation.
Grammar and Handwriting is also taught as discrete lessons and as part of the writing in all subjects.