Carlton VC C of E Primary School
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SPEAKING AND LISTENING
Speaking and listening are essential tools for learning and children are given a wide variety of opportunities to learn and practise these skills across the curriculum. This enables them to communicate confidently in a variety of situations, both to peers and adults. Children are encouraged to listen with care and increasing concentration in order that they develop understanding and reasoning.
Our aim is to teach children to read effectively and critically for both information and pleasure. We work hard to ensure reading is a pleasurable activity, resourcing our libraries and reading schemes carefully to encourage all children. All children are given a Reading Record to share reading between home and school and encourage a partnership with parents so that all pupils make optimum progress.
We use a variety of approaches in the teaching of reading, including phonics, ‘look and say’, scheme and 'real' books, taking into account a child’s individual needs. Phonics is taught in a tightly structured way from Reception using the Letters and Sounds Scheme together with Jolly Phonics.
We have a range of attractive books and a variety of carefully selected reading scheme books, which we add to and update regularly.The core main scheme used is the Oxford Reading Tree. Reading begins with the use of picture books and develops through the use of a wide range of books, both fiction, poetry and non-fiction, to help children to develop their skills, including the use of dictionaries, reference books and how to obtain information from books for topic work.
Children read every day in school, either individually or as part of a group. Children take home their reading books and we encourage parents to hear their children read every day. Each class has its own reading area and we have a fabulous and well stocked school library, where the children are guided to find books they’ll enjoy, learn library skills and can engage with different authors and genres.
Children experience writing for different purposes and audiences using a wide range of writing styles, including imaginative, descriptive and factual writing and poetry. The 'Creative Curriculum' and 'Big Writing' are used to stimulate and inspire pupils in their writing throughout the school. Spelling and grammatical skills are developed in conjunction with reading and writing skills. We aim to develop a legible style of handwriting, graduating to ‘joined-up’ script, normally during Year 2. Children in years 2 to 6 have a weekly spelling test. We use 'Talk for Writing' as appropriate as well as a wide range of inspiring material such as The Literacy Shed, IntoFilm and other relevant material.
ICT, including computers, iPads, recording devices, is used to support and enhance the teaching and learning of all areas of Literacy.
For more information on the curriculum, please contact the school office.
Statement of Intent and Implementation