Literacy is taught in each class every day. Literacy includes reading, writing and speaking and listening. Primary schools will be following a new curriculum from September 2014 which allows schools more freedom in selecting genres for their year groups. It also places more emphasis on writing preparation (speaking and listening, drama activities) and re-drafting and editing written work.
Following the introduction of the New Curriculum and the Key Stage 2 SPG test, more emphasis is now placed on Spelling, Punctuation And Grammar. Some aspects are taught discreetly and others are integrated and taught through literacy lessons. Details of what is being taught in each year group can be found below.
Information from each class regarding which spelling patterns and words will be taught each half term will be sent home and placed on each of the class pages on our website. Please see the attached document for games that you can play at home. Links to useful spelling websites that you can visit to help with learning your spellings can be found here.
The National Curriculum Programmes of Study for English can be found here.
All children are encouraged to read every night for 10 minutes. At Buglawton, we start our early readers on picture books and ask them to tell the story in their own words. As children become more confident in recognising some high frequency words and in blending sounds to read CVC words, they are introduced to simple stories which are decodable using phonic strategies.
In school we use a colour banding scheme for our individual reading books and guided reading books. Children work their way through the colours until they eventually become “free readers” (usually in Key Stage 2). This is where children do not follow a scheme and have the freedom to make their own choices regarding their reading books.
In all classes, children are regularly heard reading from the same text in a group (guided reading). We change individual reading books regularly in school from our range of reading schemes – Oxford Reading Tree (well known characters and Floppy’s Phonics), Snapdragons (Fiction) and Fireflies (non-fiction).
Reading comprehension skills such as text retrieval and inference/deduction are taught through and practised in literacy lessons and guided reading sessions.
At Buglawton Primary School, we teach phonics by following the Letters and Sounds document. This was published in 2007 and sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonics to children from Pre-School age (Phase 1) to the end of Key Stage 1 (Phase 6). Along with Jolly Phonics, a multi-sensory approach that helps the children learn letter sounds, children are taught how to read and write.
An overview of our approach to phonics, along with a guide to the terminology used, can be downloaded from the documents attached to this page.