Literacy is a fundamental part of our curriculum, which through high quality teaching of reading, writing and speaking and listening enables children to access all areas of the curriculum. Our literacy curriculum allows our children to develop our three core values of responsibility, resilience and respect.
The early stages of reading allow children to have secure and embedded phonic knowledge to support them with sounding out unfamiliar words. As these skills develop, they will become fluent readers able to use their skills across the curriculum beginning a life- long love of reading. This allows them to become successful members of a literate community. Children are encouraged to explore texts at depth, answering questions, giving opinions and showing a growing understanding of a wider vocabulary. Children demonstrate resilience when answering questions about texts when the answer is not immediately available to them.
The speaking and listening strands of the curriculum allow our children to listen with respect to other people’s views. They are able to participate actively and respond appropriately to their peers and the wider community. The children are given opportunities to develop their speaking skills by taking part in discussions, debates and also using language to offer opinions, explore ideas and justify answers with confidence and resilience when questioned by others. We believe it is important for children to be able to talk about their own learning with confidence, taking responsibility for their views.
We believe that reading is at the heart of our curriculum. Every child reads widely and often.
We believe that developing writing skills enables children to become fluent and confident writers. Children are taught to take responsibility for their own work, to evaluate and understand their next steps for learning. The children will write for real purposes, about real life events so that their writing has meaning and links to the community. They are immersed in a range of genres throughout their school life and they are able to apply their writing skills across all subjects. We feel that literacy is about learning to use reading and writing in real and important ways. Being literate, allows children to feel like they belong. When we help children become readers and writers, we give them the key to a worldwide community.