In Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 books are organised into coloured book bands and this is closely matched to our phonics programme. The reading scheme books include mainly Pearson Phonics Bug Club and Oxford Reading Tree. There are also on-line Bug Club books available for the children to read at home.
In Key Stage 2, children choose a book from their class core book list which is listed separately.
Children are encouraged to use punctuation in the text to help them read with understanding, expression and intonation. They practise retelling stories, sequencing and predicting events and talking about the characters. As children get older, they are given opportunities to express their own preferences and opinions showing a deeper understanding of text. They are taught to make inferences, show empathy for characters and answer questions by referring to specific parts of a text.
Phonics / Spelling / Handwriting
In Early Years Foundation Stage and Year 1 children receive a daily phonics lesson. Teachers use the Letters and Sounds document and lessons are supported by Phonics Bug.
In year 2 and throughout Key Stage 2 children follow the No Nonsense Spelling Programme where they receive regular lessons to teach spelling conventions, patterns and rules. Pupils are also taught a range of strategies for learning their spellings and this enables them to choose the strategies they find most effective for learning different words.
At Saint Joseph’s we use the cursive handwriting script. Children are taught from the Early Years to write their letters in the pre-cursive style and as they become older children are taught to join their handwriting.
Grammar and punctuation
Grammar and punctuation are taught or practised on a regular basis throughout Key Stage 1 and 2. The Literacy Tree teaching sequences are often used to support lessons within the classroom. Where possible, new learning should be introduced and skills practised within the context of the text.
Text structure, composition and effect
In the Early Years, children use role play and other contexts to write for real purposes in the classroom and outdoor area. In Key Stage 1 and 2, children use talk and drama to share, plan and explain their ideas and understanding. High quality text and real experiences, such as trips, are used to inspire writing. Children explore texts to learn about the features of different genres and collect vocabulary. Writing is modelled by the teacher and children talk about what makes their writing successful. Pupils are encouraged to discuss and improve their writing and take responsibility for the editing process in order to take pride in their work and produce good quality final drafts. Writing is often published and celebrated, through sharing it with other classes and audiences and through display.