Literacy

Please click on the links below to view our curriculum documents.

Literacy Overview 2015-2016     word-icon    Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32

Spelling     word-icon    Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32

Grammar     word-icon    Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32

Spoken language     word-icon    Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar terms used in the Literacy curriculum can be a little confusing at times so why not download out literacy terms glossary to remind you what they mean?

Glossary of Literacy terms     Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Why not try some of these useful web-sites to develop your Literacy  skills?

Click on the links below to try them out.

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/interactive/literacy/index.htm
This website has fun online activities to help you practice words and spelling, writing and text work, grammar and punctuation and read online stories!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/game/game-phonics-tool
This website is a BBC phonics tool which demonstrates how learn to read using phonics.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/
This website has interactive fun activities for the younger child based on familiar television characters

 

 

Phonics

We use the Ruth Miskin Literacy Scheme (RML) to develop our children’s phonic knowledge.

Children learn the 44 common sounds in the English language and how to sound-blend words for reading. Sounds are grouped into 3 sets.  Children in the Early Years mostly focus on set 1 sounds.  They are taught 5 letters at a time and once they are familiar with the 5 sounds, they learn to blend and read words with them.  In year 1 children will focus on set 2/3 sounds.

e.g .     m   a     s     t      d   are the first group of set 1 sounds.  Children will learn to blend the words: mat, sad, dad, mad, Sam

Children are taught to use their phonic knowledge to blend and read real and alien words. This is in preparation for the Year 1 phonics test which is administered in June.  The aim is to assess whether children are able to use their knowledge of all 44 sounds, to phonetically decode any word- whether real or nonsense.

e.g. the ‘oi’ phoneme may appear in the word boil or in the word zoink.

We use a wide range of RML resources, including practical resources, speed sound cards and reading books that correspond to the children’s level of phonic awareness.

Children are assessed on a termly basis and are taught in ability groups on a daily basis from nursery through to the end of year 1. Daily ability grouped sessions continue in year 2 for pupils who require extra support, or who have not passed the year 1 phonics screening.  Targeted intervention sessions for KS2 pupils take place four times a week.

 

Click on the following links to view Ruth Miskin’s top phonic’s tips for parents

In these clips phonics expert Ruth Miskin shares tips for helping your child with their phonics at home.

 

 Reading

Reading is key to a child’s learning and we know how important it is to work in partnership with parents and carers to help children to develop their confidence in this area.  Latymer All Saints is a progressive school that takes into consideration the needs of its pupils.

 

Daily Supported Reading (DSR)

For the last two years, in partnership with the Local Authority, we have delivered the DSR Program.  DSR is a scripted program that raises the quantity of successful independent reading accomplished by each child in Key stage 1. It also supports a coherent approach to the reading curriculum.

DSR runs daily from 9.00am until 9.25am in year one.  Children have the opportunity to work/read with a trained adult every single day. This sort of engagement with the adults had resulted in children making accelerated progress by the end of year one. Apart from learning to read, children are exposed to a variety of genres such as stories, recounts, information texts and play scripts.

Having seen the impact of DSR in year one, we introduced the program in Reception classes (starting from February half-term). This initiative will enable Reception children to be exposed to a vast number of stories and unfamiliar vocabulary which will prepare them to be better readers when they join year 1.

Most importantly, reading together at home is also one of the easiest ways in which you can support your child. As you share books together, you will help to develop your child’s reading skills and also show them how enjoyable and important reading is.

It is very important to read with your child at home from a young age and to help you to help your child we have put together some ideas:

Make books part of your family life – Always have books around so that you and your children are ready to read whenever there’s a chance.

Join your local library – Get your child a library card. You’ll find the latest videogames, blu-rays and DVDs, plus tons and tons of fantastic books. Allow them to pick their own books, encouraging their own interests.

Match their interests – Help them find the right book – it doesn’t matter if it’s fiction, poetry, comic books or non-fiction. Try our top recommendations.

All reading is good – Don’t discount non-fiction, comics, graphic novels, magazines and leaflets. Reading is reading and it is all good.

Get comfortable! – Snuggle up somewhere warm and cosy with your child, either in bed, on a beanbag or on the sofa, or make sure they have somewhere comfy when reading alone.

Ask questions - To keep them interested in the story, ask your child questions as you read such as, ‘What do you think will happen next?’ or ‘Where did we get to last night? Can you remember what had happened already?’

Log onto “Top 10 tips to help children enjoy reading” -http://uk.pearson.com/enjoy-reading/reading-with-your-child for more ideas.

 

Homework

Every student at Latymer All Saints is expected to read at home for at LEAST 20 minutes a day. They are expected to carry out a written task each night which should relate to the book they are reading. All the children have been given a bookmark that clearly states which activity they have to do each night. They have been practising how to complete this task in school but if you have any questions please see you child’s class teacher.

bookmarks