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Speaking and Listening
We believe that children should be given the opportunity to develop their speaking and listening skills through all areas of the curriculum. Children develop their love of language through drama, debate, talk partners and group work. They are encouraged to listen to one another diligently and respond appropriately.  

Reading
We aim to give all of our children a lifelong love of books. We have a wealth of books in school and enjoy shared and guided reading sessions. Children also take home a home reading book, at an appropriate level, and a library book to share with family. Parents are encouraged to make comments in their child’s Reading Record Book daily. In both Foundation Stage and Keystage 1 we use Franklin Watts Reading Corner and Oxford Reading Tree book schemes. If you would like to access a wealth of fantastic eBooks online to share with your child visit Oxford Owl!

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In Year 1, all children take the phonics screening check. Our regular, dedicated phonic lessons prepare the children to blend and segment all 44 sounds that are in the English language. To support reading and spelling we follow the Letters and Sounds phonics program.
We use Phonics Play website to support learning with fun, interactive games. You can too! Just click the link below:

Phonics Play (external link)

Using the Lighthouse Guided Reading Scheme children take part in sessions where they are grouped, according to their ability, then taught reading and comprehension skills. In Key Stage 1 this takes place by weekly. The groups are given challenging texts which are aimed at developing the child’s skills and confidence.

Writing
The children are taught that literature is all around us and learn to write for a wide range of purposes, including captions, diaries, postcards, imaginative stories and information writing. The stimulus for writing comes from our topics, the children's own ideas and from adventure and fairy stories. The children love designing and making eBooks too!
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