LITERACY at The Primary School of St Mary & St Martin
We believe that communication, whether through speaking or written text, is a vital skill that children need to develop and improve throughout their time at school.
We teach Literacy every day in order to help children achieve their potential in both reading and writing.
Children in the Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 2 learn phonics in daily phonic sessions. Some older children might also receive additional phonics interventions to ensure that they know the important building blocks for both reading and writing.
The children work in small differentiated groups at the correct phase that they need to learn.
We follow the ‘Letters & Sounds’ Phonics programme, but use a wide range of phonic resources - including Jolly Phonics, LCP and Phonics Play (online) – to teach phonics in an exciting and creative way.
We encourage children to read a wide variety of books for home-readers. We have a range of reading scheme books in school including Oxford Reading Tree, Ginn, Ladybird and Discovery World. These books are banded to the National Book Bands.
We also have included a selection of popular authors and series to develop pupil interest in a range of high-quality reading texts.
Children are able to take home both home-readers and library books to read and share at home.
In KS2 we use the Scholastic Reading-Pro system to help assess pupils reading and introduce them to books at an appropriate level of challenge to help them improve as readers.
Please click on the links below to find out more about the Literacy curriculum at school.