Reading and writing fall within this area of the curriculum as well as spoken language, listening, phonics, spelling, punctuation, and grammar. Great effort is put into delivering the Literacy Framework as creatively as possible to ensure that all pupils are as engaged as possible. The Hamilton Trust website is used to enrich planning as this has excellent suggestions for activities and texts.
Spelling, Punctuation, Grammar, and Vocabulary are key skills and should be structured in accordance with the New Curriculum’s objectives. Pupils develop as independent and accurate spellers who are confident to use an adventurous vocabulary in their own writing.
They are taught a range of strategies which they can use to attempt unknown words and a sound knowledge of irregular high frequency words for use in their daily work. Children are also being taught to use the correct elements of grammar and punctuation.
Spoken language underpins every area of school life. It is essential therefore that The Blue School offers children the best opportunities possible to acquire and develop spoken language skills. Children are exposed to and challenged by speaking skills in every area of the curriculum.
At The Blue School we believe that quality teaching in reading and writing will enable all children to reach high standards which will enable them to function as confident, literate members of society, not only in the workplace but also enjoying literacy in leisure activities.
At Key Stage One and Key Stage Two teachers work from the New National Curriculum, and Early Years from the Early Years Foundation Stage. Pupils have a love of reading and writing and this is reflected in our high standards of attainment at the end of Key Stage One and Key Stage Two.
Teachers plan for Literacy on a termly and weekly basis following the guidelines of the New Curriculum and The Blue School Writing Guidelines, which form part of our current Literacy Policy. Our daily planning includes the units and genres to be taught with clear learning intentions and success criteria, differentiated activities and opportunities for assessment. In all lessons pupils have the opportunity to experiment with sentence structure on whiteboards as part of a unit on writing.
Our Literacy teaching includes links to other curriculum areas, e.g. an explanation on how to make an electrical circuit will link to Science work on electricity.
ICT is integrated into all our Literacy lessons and it is used to introduce new topics and for children themselves to publish and celebrate their own writing.
In March we will celebrate World Book Day and we will have a fabulous day dressed up as book characters working on a range of exciting book related activities including writing our own stories online and designing our own World Book Day posters as part of a whole school competition.
In May children in years 5 and 6 have the opportunity to take part in a Shakespeare workshop led by The Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond, which helps pupils to understand the story and characters of a well known Shakespearean play.
Children in years 5 and 6 are frequently buddies to younger children in order to help with reading and writing activities in the classroom.