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Phonics

Foundation Stage

In Reception children have daily discrete phonics lessons.  Children have opportunities to develop their communication, language and literacy skills on a daily basis in both adult led and child initiated activities.

 

Key Stage 1

In Key Stage 1 daily discrete phonics lessons continue and are taught in ability groups, while children have daily mixed ability literacy lessons with an emphasis on real texts.  Children take part in both guided and individual reading sessions and have regular story times to develop a love of reading.  Literacy skills are developed across the curriculum.  Provision is made for children who require extra support through intervention programmes, differentiated class teaching and targeted teaching groups in literacy and reading comprehension sessions.

 

Key Stage 2

In Key Stage 2 children have daily literacy lessons.  Spelling and grammar skills are initially taught discretely before being embedded within literacy lessons.  Additional literacy sessions include guided reading, spelling, grammar, handwriting (cursive style) and daily reading aloud of a class novel.  Literacy skills are developed across the curriculum.  Provision is made for children who require extra support through targeted teaching; intervention programmes and differentiated class teaching.

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