Reading is a critical tool for lifelong learning and our main aims are to encourage and teach children to read fluently with expression and understanding and to develop a love for books. We use the PM Benchmark tool to assess each child’s individual level of fluency and understanding. The children then choose a book to match their personal level of ability. The children bring this book home to read with parents/carers and discuss the content. In class, during daily enhanced reading sessions, the children read to peers and ask/answer questions about their text and the text of others. The children’s progress is assessed by the class teacher and move levels appropriately. Daily personal reading sessions called ERIC Time are timetabled. Reading skills taught are also assessed in other areas of the curriculum.
Phonics and Spelling
The earliest stages of reading focus on learning the letter names and sounds. We use the Jolly Phonics scheme to support children with this learning. We are also using Debbie Heppelwhite’s phonic programme with children throughout the school. By the end of P.3 we would expect pupils to be able to read, write and spell properly the first 100 most common words in the English language. An active spelling programme continues throughout the upper stages of the school.
Writing skills include handwriting and creative writing. In handwriting we use the Gourdie scheme. In creative writing there are two areas: fiction and non-fiction. Here are some types of writing in each area:
Procedural Play scripts
We use the BIG Writing methodology to support the children’s skills.
TALKING AND LISTENING:
We encourage children to express themselves confidently in the spoken word by creating opportunities in drama, discussion, story-telling, games, poetry, speech making and listening skills. We use a variety of resources. Languages: Knowing other languages and understanding other cultures is a 21st century skill set for students as they prepare to live and work in a global society.
MODERN LANGUAGES IN THE PRIMARY SCHOOL
In Wellshot Primary we have four teachers who are qualified to teach French as a foreign language. Teaching is begun in P.4 and carried on into P.7 in a four year cycle. Other languages are introduced informally in assemblies .