As a lead Talk for Writing (TfW) school, we believe that all children are story tellers and writers and you will see this reflected in all areas of learning. TfW is powerful because it enables children to imitate the language they need for a particular topic orally before reading and analysing it and then writing their own version. Our children, from Reception to Year 6, explore fiction and non-fiction through the process of imitating, innovating and finally inventing.
Our school has launched the Letters and Sounds programme this year to teach phonics.
‘Sounds-Write is a quality first phonics programme. Its purpose is to provide classroom professionals with a comprehensive system with which to teach reading, spelling and writing. It is introduced in YR, taught in KS1 and fine-tuned throughout the rest of Key Stage 2. In addition, it also serves very successfully as an intervention or catch-up programme.’
More information about Sounds Write please look at their website.
Sounds Write offers a free online course for parents to ‘Help your child to read and write’
'Help your child to read and write' is a free, online course. It's aimed specifically at parents and carers who are interested in putting their children on the first steps to literacy and it covers the first seven units of the Initial Code.
You can find the course by clicking on: https://www.udemy.com/help-your-child-to-read-and-write/learn/v4/overview
We use Oxford Reading Tree in Key Stage 1 to help support reading at home. Some children from Key Stage 2 will read the Project X books which are also from this scheme. During their time in Key Stage 2 children are able to choose their own books for home from a wide selection within their classrooms.
In guided reading sessions, we use a mixture of ‘real’ books, topic books and the Phonics Bug scheme. We use book bands to track children’s progress and ensure that the children are reading at an appropriate level.
Further information regarding book bands is available here (https://www.readingchest.co.uk/15/book-bands).