“Words are our most inexhaustible source of magic.”
English has four key strands: spoken language, reading, writing and spelling, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation. The curriculum is designed to teach pupils how to speak and write fluently so that they can effectively communicate their ideas and emotions to others. The overarching aim of the reading curriculum is to ensure children acquire the necessary skills and strategies to read a range of texts with understanding and enjoyment. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually.
Read, Write, Inc. Phonics is used as the main scheme for teaching phonics in school. Read, Write, Inc. Phonics is a rigorous and dynamic synthetic phonics programme aimed at creating fluent and enthusiastic readers, confident speakers and willing writers. Children are taught the individual sounds first through a picture the same shape as the letter, for example for ‘a’ there is a picture of an apple and ‘s’ is a picture of a snake. These are called ‘speed sounds’ because we want your children to read them effortlessly. There are 3 sets of sounds. Set 1 contains all of the letters in the alphabet. The first 6 sounds taught are m, a, s, d, t, i, n. Once your child knows these sounds they can start learning to blend the sounds together to read words.
Please read our ‘Parent’s Guide to Developing Early Reading and Writing Skills’ leaflet below for further information on our approaches to teaching phonics, reading and writing.