Aims and objectives

 

Literacy cannot be seen solely as a separate subject or as separate lessons.  It is both a subject in it’s own right as well as being cross-curricular.

Literacy will be taught throughout the school on a daily basis and will permeate all subjects by way of reading, speaking and listening, drama, spelling, creative writing, report writing and other key skills.

The main aim of Literacy is to ensure that children become confident in all areas of literacy.

 

Reading

Writing

Speaking and listening

Grammar

Spelling / phonics

 

Organisation

 

In order to achieve our aim, English is organised into both a single subject study and integrated with other subjects.

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  1. Speaking and Listening

    • Speaking

    • Listening

    • Group discussion and interaction

    • Drama

    • Standard English

    • Language variation

 

  1. Reading

    • Decoding of words

    • Comprehension

 

  1. Writing

    • Transcription

    • Spelling

    • Handwriting

    • Composition

    • Grammar and Punctuation

 

  1. ICT

  • ICT techniques and equipment will be used to enhance the learning.

 

  Learning activities are sequenced to ensure progression and taught through:-

- direct teaching

- teacher prepared materials

- practical tasks for pupils

- educational visits

- use of audio visual aids

 

Children are taught in their own age groups in mixed ability classes apart from Year 2 and Year 6 who set by ability.

 

Planning

 

Years 1, 3, 4 and 5 all plan from the National Curriculum 2014 and also cater for the varying needs of their classes.

Years 2 and 6 plan from the previous National Curriculum document in line with government recommendations.

Nursery and Reception plan opportunities for early literacy development through continuous provision  and adult led activities based on the areas of learning (taken from the Development Matters Framework).

 

Reading

The children have access to a wide range of books in class and in our superb, well-stocked library. They are encouraged to take books home to share with their parents. Oxford Reading Tree is the main reading scheme and is supplemented by Dandelion readers to support phonic teaching. Our home reading books and guided reading books are book banded.

 

Genre coverage

 

AUT 1

AUT 2

SPR 1

SPR 2

SUM 1

SUM 2

Y1

Labels, lists and captions

 Traditional tales with repetitive patterns (writing to include invitations and wanted posters)

 Stories from other cultures

Labels, lists and captions

Instructions (including simple recipes)

 

Fantasy

Instructions,

Recounts of familiar events (including postcards),

 

Stories by the same author

Non-chronological reports

 

Fantasy

Poems on a theme

Traditional rhymes

 

Poems for learning by heart

 

Y2

Fantasy

 Instructions

 

Traditional tales with a twist

Poems with a structure (e.g. riddles)

 

Auto-biography

Recounts (including letters)

Stories by Roald Dahl (including Matilda)

Explanations

Auto-biography

Stories by Roald Dahl

 

Animal adventure stories

Recounts

Poems on a theme

Poems for learning by heart

Y3

Explanations

Recounts (including diaries)

Poems on a theme

Information leaflets

Myths

Fables

 

Discussion: for and against

Non-chronological reports

Poems with a structure (e.g. shape, calligrams, rhyming couplets)

Poems for learning by heart

Playscripts

 

Mystery

 

Y4

Discussion: debate/ report

 Poems for learning by heart

Playscripts

 Persuasion (including persuasive letters and adverts)

 

Recounts (including newspapers)

Poems with a structure (e.g. shape, calligrams, rhyming couplets)

Poems on a theme (e.g. food)

Stories with issues and dilemma

Instructions- recipes

Folktales

Fantasy

Explanations

Y5

Legends

Poems with figurative language

Stories from other cultures

Poems with a structure (e.g. haiku, limericks)

Legends

 Persuasion- Radio or TV broadcasts

Stories from other cultures

Magazine articles

Non-chronological reports

Discussion: formal debate

Historical narrative

 

Poems for learning by heart

 

Film scripts,

 

Y6

Narrative: Detective/crime, Science Fiction, Older literature including Shakespeare, Flashbacks/Time shifts

Non-fiction: Formal letters, Explanations, Journalistic writing, Recount-Biography and autobiography, Discussion: formal debate

Poetry: Free Verse, Classic narrative poetry, Poems for learning by heart