The intent of the English Reading curriculum is support our children to become fluent readers that apply their phonetical skills to a range of familiar and unfamiliar texts. We start by supporting our pupils’ understanding of phonics which provides them with the building blocks to become fluent readers. Opportunities to learn new sounds in an exciting and structured way is provided across our EYFS setting and Year 1 progressing into Year 2 and further where necessary. We intend for our readers to share a love of reading, embracing new texts and authors and openly sharing their likes and dislikes with justification. We intend for Reading to be embedded across the curriculum; being evident in all areas of the curriculum to support and enhance the teaching and learning. We intend for our children to select from a range of quality texts based on their own developing preferences. It is our intention that our pupils’ wide selection of reading opportunities allows them to develop and enhance their understanding of vocabulary which in turn impacts positively on their writing.
The intent of the English writing curriculum is to provide children with the stimuli and knowledge to be engaging and exciting writers, who show a passion for writing and who are given opportunities to select from a range of grammatical skills, vocabulary and text types to create pieces of writing that match different purposes and appeal to a range of diverse audiences. Writing will make use of a range of diverse authors, allowing children access to both modern and classical texts and give them the opportunity to learn from, imitate and innovate from them. Pupils are provided with a purpose for their writing which provides a context to their writing. Some final pieces of work are published to develop the skill of presenting work for an audience as well as instilling a sense of pride and achievement in the pupils. At Lordsgate C.E Primary, it is our intent that writing is evident across the curriculum in a range of other subjects. This gives the pupil’s the opportunity to develop and apply their writing knowledge and skills across a range of areas and for a variety of purposes. It is our intention that our pupils’ writing develops and grows from a love of reading and a strong vocabulary – both of which are developed and prioritised across the whole of the school community. Pupils are to be offered the opportunity to make use of their reading and vocabulary within their writing.
What is Letters and Sounds?
Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.
At Lordsgate Township C E Primary School we follow the Letters and Sounds phonics resource and the LCP Phonics plans supplemented by Jolly Phonics to deliver daily phonics sessions for all children in Reception to Year 2. Each session lasts approximately 20 minutes. Children will be matched to the correct phase for their development.