At Radcliffe on Trent Infant and Nursery School we aim to develop the abilities of all children to communicate effectively in speech and in writing; to listen with understanding and to become enthusiastic and responsive readers so that they can cope with the language demands in adult life. We aim to use a wide range of multi-cultural literature and reference materials, to develop the self-esteem of all children and an understanding and respect for all cultures alongside their own.
We follow the principles set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage and National Curriculum. Language and English skills are taught on a daily basis from Nursery and Key Stage 1 through phonics. These skills are applied through child led learning in Early Years and throughout their language rich environments.
We immerse the children in exciting texts, advanced vocabulary and specific writing skills. These skills are then applied in cross curricular learning opportunities. Language and literacy specific teaching and learning takes place within a whole class setting (shared/modelled reading and writing) and within ability-led guided reading and writing groups. Within guided groups good practice is shared and modelled and the children also work independently or with a partner on set tasks. Teachers use a variety of interactive teaching methods to deliver the curriculum and achieve set learning objectives. These learning objectives are then assessed with this assessment feeding into planning for the next English session.
We use a range of strategies to develop children’s early mark making and writing skills. In Foundation Stage we use ‘Wiggle While You Squiggle’ and ‘Dough Disco’ to develop children’s pincer grip and letter formation in a fun and exciting way. In Year 1 and 2 we teach ‘Physical Literacy’ which develops the children’s core strength and fine motor skills. In Year 1 we develop children’s letter formation by introducing pre-cursive script. Once the children are confident with this we encourage them to join their letters. We celebrate this by awarding our ‘Licence to Join’ certificate in assembly.
We encourage all children to be confident writers, whatever stage they are at with their writing. Our aim is for all classes have an exciting and relevant role-play area with an attached writing area. These allow adults to model extended vocabulary and encourage writing through purposeful, meaningful contexts. We are implementing ‘Talk for Writing’ strategies to develop children’s writing skills and style.
In the Foundation Stage, emphasis is on teaching English through role play, objective led planning, stories, storytelling, big books, guided reading, phonics and home reading.
Over the year in KS1 each year group will cover a balance of narrative, non-fiction and poetry text types. A clear set of end of year expectations are followed by each year group and incorporated into planning and assessment.
Teaching Early Reading
We strongly believe that reading is the key to accessing most other subjects within the curriculum and is a basis for having a sound education. We strive to teach the children the key skills to be able to read, as well as a passion and love for books and reading. We provide an environment conducive to this by ensuring children are exposed to a rich variety of texts, opportunities to share and enjoy books and the role models they need to experience why reading is so great!
Guided Reading is a dedicated, accurately planned session, in both small groups and whole class, during which children are taught the skills to become confident, independent and motivated readers. Skills we teach include; application of phonics to decode words, self-correction, self-monitoring, omission to work out unknown words, reading for meaning and inference.
We have collated some tips and suggestions to help parents’ effectively support their children when reading at home. This Parents’ Guide explains the key skills and strategies we use with children to enable them to become independent and confident readers. Please click on the links below.