At St. Gregory’s our aim is to help, teach and encourage children to develop as enthusiastic, confident, independent users of language through the spoken and written word. We recognise that language is central to all learning and we appreciate that language empowers children to communicate creatively and imaginatively, as well as allowing them to engage with others at an early age.
In the Foundation Stage, the emphasis is placed upon communication, language and Literacy Development skills through structured play, child choice and teacher directed activities including the letters and sounds programme. In Key Stages One and Two, Language and Literacy, and daily phonics, are taught every day following the New Primary Curriculum. A complete range of language skills are taught throughout the school which include speaking and listening, writing in a variety of forms and for different audiences, reading with understanding, research and retrieval of information and fostering an appreciation and love of literature.
We use a variety of phonic based scheme books which are matched to a child's phonic level. These include: Floppy's Phonics, Dandelion Readers, Jolly Readers, Oxford Reading Tree and non-scheme books. Children who do not met the Year 1 National requirements for Phonics (secure Phase 5), receive additional support, using the Project X Code scheme. The Accelerated Reader Scheme is used in KS1 and KS2 to promote and encourage independent reading.
Children learn grammar and spellings appropriate to their needs and to help them write with fluency and efficiency. A great emphasis throughout the school is placed upon the development of speaking and listening skills. To develop these skills a variety of activities are integrated into both the English lesson and throughout the curriculum, from group discussion and debates, to various drama activities.
Children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 take part in phonics lesson for 20 minutes each session.
Here are some of the resources that we use in our lessons:
Phonics Play website- interactive games.
flashcards showing the memory words, graphemes and decodable words in each Phonics Phase
A4 wipeable whiteboards and dry wipe pens- very useful for handwriting and sentence writing
messy play materials; dough, foam, sand, hair gel, magic sand, alien slime/putty and lots of messy manipulative materials to use to form and write letters sounds, games such as; treasure or bin, cross the river, word hunt, bingo, phonics kung fu, robot disco and many more