At Castle Primary we teach literacy in accordance with the English National Curriculum, which is divided into three sections: Spoken Language, Reading and Writing.
In Key Stage 1, our focus is getting the children to read fluently and giving them the skills to be able to write sentences about our lives, stories, non-fiction, poetry and instructions. We do this through stories, looking at ‘real’ texts, eg recipes, information from the internet connected to our topics, and investigating and learning poems.
We teach phonics using Letters and Sounds – a government publication supplemented with phonics from various schemes. Spelling is taught using a specific scheme to support the national curriculum.
We use a variety of books to support reading including those from Pearson and Rigby which are levelled as appropriate to support your child’s reading development.
In Key Stage 2, every day the children take part in a structured English lesson, where over the course of a week, they will have the opportunity to develop their skills in reading, writing, grammar, punctuation, spelling, comprehension and phonological awareness. We use the National Curriculum as the basis for this work. Wherever possible we link our English work to our inquiries so the children can see a real purpose to their speaking, reading and writing.
The children have access to a variety of fiction, non-fiction and poetry to help them to become confident, eager and enthusiastic readers who are engaged in their own learning journey through reading. Children discuss books during regular guided and shared reading opportunities. In Key Stage 2 we use an online reading tool, called Accelerated Reader (For the Parents' Guide click here), which monitors and manages independent reading practice while promoting reading for pleasure. A child reads a book, takes an online quiz, and gets immediate feedback. Children respond to regular feedback and are motivated to make progress with their reading skills.
Writing skills are developed through teaching a range of genres in both fiction and non-fiction providing the opportunity for the children to write for a variety of purposes and different audiences. Spelling, punctuation and grammar are taught explicitly as well as in connection to extended pieces of writing. In Key Stage 2 we follow the award winning spelling programme, No Nonsense Spelling.
Spoken Language activities encourage the children to explore, develop and explain their ideas; to discuss and plan stories, poems and reports and to share their thoughts and observations. For recommended books for reading: please click here