Literacy at St George’s

At St George’s, we are proud of our literacy rich environment in which we try to create cross-curricular links with other subjects and develop children’s love of literacy. We aim to immerse the children in a varied literary curriculum inspiring them with a range of experiences, including visits from storytellers and theatre productions.

Letters and Sounds
Children begin the Letters and Sounds programme (for reading and spelling) in Early Years, which they continue to follow throughout Key Stage One.

In Key Stage One, children use the Letters and Sound programme to develop their spelling skills. In Key Stage Two, spelling rules are taken from the new primary curriculum (see attached appendix). Spelling rules are taught weekly and are reinforced during lessons. Homework is also set based on the weekly spelling focus.

Reading is practised on a daily basis in school. This could be as individual reading, guided reading or reading comprehension. Any reading at home (especially with an adult) is of great value to your child’s development of reading skills. At St George’s, we encourage children to read at least five times a week. Children follow the Oxford Reading Tree scheme and then move on to free choice books, where we encourage children to read widely from a range of text types.

Children are taught to write for a range of purposes. As part of this, we focus on creative ideas, accuracy of grammar and punctuation, editing and redrafting. At St George’s, presentation is very important and we take pride in our handwriting. Children are given the opportunity to word process and present their work through a variety of computer programmes, such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint and Microsoft Publisher. Grammar and punctuation skills are taught and applied during literacy lessons.

Speaking and Listening
Across all subjects, children are encouraged to develop speaking and listening skills through activities, such as role-play, drama, hot seating, presentations, debates and working collaboratively.

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