Literacy

Reading

At Thurcroft Infant school reading is at the heart of our curriculum. By working in partnership with parents we aim to create confident, independent, fluent readers, who read for both meaning and pleasure. We know that reading books exposes children to a wider and richer use and understanding of vocabulary. This also increases their general knowledge to enable them to make sense of the world in which they live. We believe that reading for pleasure is the single biggest factor in achieving success.

Reading lessons are taught on an individual basis in the Foundation stage and all children read to a member of staff at least once a week. In KS1 reading is taught during guided reading sessions in groups of reading abilities. Both the teacher and teaching assistant will work with reading groups each week. The other groups will engage in reading based activities independently, this could be listening station, reading area, computer programs such as phonic play or vocabulary based activities. Within lessons, teachers and TAs will offer verbal feedback to children in order for them to achieve age related levels where possible. Before reading the teacher will explain to the children what they are looking for whilst they read.

Phonics

Phonics is taught in line with the Letters and Sounds Phonic Programme. Phonics is taught daily in the Foundation Stage and Year 1 and children are split into ability groups. There are some useful links at the bottom of this page to help your child at home.

Reading at home/Reading rewards

Children are encouraged to read at home at least three times per week and record this in their home school diary. In the Foundation Stage children receive an award from the Head Teacher for reading for three times a week for seven weeks and in KS1 they must do this for ten weeks to receive an award. Book worms are given to children who read three times a week

Reading for Pleasure

High quality and inspiring reading areas can be found in all classrooms and outdoor areas.Children have regular visits to the school library and links have been made with Thurcroft library to encourage children to become members and visit. Staff have promoted their favourite books on the ‘floating bookshelf’ in the reception area, children can borrow these books. Book swap is available for children to bring in books from home to swap for another in the book boxes situated in the reception area.We have had authors visit school to share their books and experiences to raise aspirations. Books and author based topics are used throughout school and authors are looked at each half term throughout KS1. The reading spine is used in all classes to expose children to a range of texts whilst also considering age related themes. The aim is for children to be exposed to be exposed to these books at least twice a week during class story times. World book day is celebrated every year.

Writing

At Thurcroft Infant school we believe that all pupils should be able to confidently communicate their knowledge, ideas and emotions through their writing. We would like children to acquire a wide vocabulary, a solid understanding of grammar and be able to spell new words by successfully applying taught spelling patterns and rules. We aim for all children to confidently write clearly, accurately and coherently for a range of styles, purposes and audiences.We work hard to ensure children take pride in the presentation of their work following the Martin Harvey Handwriting scheme. We want all children to adapt an ‘I believe I’m a writer’ approach to writing, developing independence, leading to them identifying their own mistakes and editing to improve their work further. We understand the important role parents play in supporting their children to develop in terms of spelling and reading and so we encourage an active home-school partnership in which parents and carers are aware of the best ways of supporting their child at home.

 The following links may be helpful for you:

CyberKidz – Has access to literacy, numeracy and other games which can be selected by age group.

TopMarks –  Games including punctuation, stories, spelling, reading, writing and phonics – what more could you need? Really useful spelling game for year 1 common words.

BBC Bitesize –  covers rhyming, spelling, phonics, punctuation and more in exciting games.

ICT Games – a huge selection of fun games on phonics, spelling, sentences and blending.

Phonics Play – is a popular phonics website used in school.

Phonics Bloom – is a popular phonics website used in school.