Literacy Policy

 Aims of our Literacy Teaching and Learning

Our aims in teaching English are that all children will

  • develop the necessary skills to use the English language confidently, appropriately and accurately to the best of their ability
  • be able to speak clearly and fluently
  • be able to listen to the spoken word attentively with understanding, pleasure and empathy
  • be able to read a range of materials fluently and with understanding for enjoyment and for information and to prepare them to meet the reading demands of the modern world

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How we teach reading

Read , Write, Inc (Fred groups)

At Long Ditton Infant and Nursery school we believe that reading is the gate to all learning and it is essential that children are taught reading skills in a systematic and lively way. To this end, we have adopted the Read, Write Inc phonic skills based programme, which encompasses Reading, Writing and Spelling. Children are assessed for the programme approximately every 9 weeks and grouped according to their reading level. This allows them to take a full part in all lessons.

Children learn:

Speaking and Listening, through working in pairs:

  • to answer every question
  • to practice every activity with their partner
  • to take turns in talking to each other

Reading:

  • 44 sounds and the corresponding letters/letter groups using simple picture prompts
  • to read words using sound blending
  • to read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out
  • to show that they comprehend the stories by answering ‘Find It’ and ‘Prove It’ discussion questions

Writing

  • to learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent the 44 sounds
  • to write words by saying the sounds and graphemes
  • to write simple sentences
  • to compose stories based on picture strips
  • to compose a range of texts using discussion prompts

In the early stages children reinforce their learning at home by sharing the sounds learned and at a later stage books read that week. When children reach pink level they also take other books home to practice their reading skills.