At Cogenhoe Primary School, we strive to ensure that pupils secure their key skills in Literacy through exciting and engaging learning opportunities.
Reading for pleasure and cultivating the love of the written word is actively encouraged throughout the school. Great emphasis is placed on developing pupil’s skills in reading, so that they are able to explore and discuss texts confidently. Both guided and independent reading has a specific focus and is a fundamental part of a child’s reading journey. To deepen their learning and enjoyment of texts, we use a variety of questions to focus their understanding of the themes and characters presented. Teacher’s use a range of rich texts, so that pupils use of vocabulary and enjoyment of reading is heightened. The breadth of our curriculum ensures that pupils have access to a wide range of poetry, fiction and non-fiction.
As children journey though the school, we use a variety of reading strategies to ensure that all our pupils are confident in their reading. In Key Stage Two, we provide ongoing support, which is adapted to the needs of learners and always encourages a love of reading. Parents are hugely important in securing their child’s reading and understanding; therefore staff provide support, so that we can work in partnership to achieve the best outcomes.
Reading, Phonics & Decoding
In Key Stage One, a variety of strategies are used to support the teaching of reading, as we recognise that all learners are individual in their approach when securing their skills. Therefore, teachers use a variety of decoding skills such as phonics and picture cues to ensure all pupils become competent and confident readers who enjoy the written word.
Our Phonic teaching happens on a daily basis and is taught in small groups, so that it is reactive to the changing needs of learners. We use the Letters & Sounds programme to ensure the progressive development of skills, so that pupils can decode effectively. In their Literacy learning; pupils are provided with the opportunity to develop and embed these key skills.
Independent reading books support children at an individual level and are carefully chosen by teachers to aid and challenge our pupils. We use a variety of different materials to enable our children to develop a love of reading, although many of our books are from the Oxford Tree Reading Scheme.
As a school we recognise that reading is fundamental to the writing process, as children can only write successfully if they have a full understanding of the features of specific genres. Therefore, there is a strong emphasis on using children’s knowledge of texts type and language to promote good writing skills. Through exciting contexts and stimulating experiences, children are actively encouraged to develop their own style of writing. Throughout the school, visual stimulus and drama are used to inspire children’s imaginations to write. In addition to support the writing process, teachers model examples of effective writing so children can be successful in their own endeavours to become highly skilled writers. The effective use of good vocabulary is highly encouraged and the children have opportunities to apply these skills throughout the curriculum.
Our pupils understanding of sentence structure and grammar is an important feature of the children’s Literacy learning. As a school, we believe that for children to be successful, grammar and punctuation, along with excellent spelling, should be embedded in all subjects not just taught discretely.
Weekly Spelling and Handwriting
Weekly spellings are progressive throughout the school and focus on the spelling strategies that are required for each year group. A look, cover, write, check approach is used and actively promoted to parents to secure pupil’s understanding of the spelling strategy. At our school, we strive to ensure that all our pupil’s books reflect the highest of outcomes and we recognise that neat presentation is an important skill. Therefore, we have a whole school approach to handwriting, which is the cursive script. Support is provided for parents, so that they can actively encourage their child with this at home.
For further information, please click on the links below, but if you have any further queries, please speak to Mrs Blackwell our English Leader – thank you.