Bug Club guidance for parents
High quality teaching of English will enable pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others. Through reading and listening, others can communicate with them and they will be able to access information in all subject areas.
We teach reading through the synthetic phonics scheme ‘Read Write Inc’ and also through developing children’s comprehension of texts. We also aim to encourage reading for pleasure and a motivation to read. The role of parents is vital in developing good literacy skills and they are expected to support the work of the school. The children will bring reading books home on a regular basis. Parents are asked to hear their child read at home, comment on their progress and ensure that the books and reading records are returned to school every day. Books are also loaned from the school library on a weekly basis for children. Here at Christchurch Infants School we use a range of published reading schemes to form our collection of progressive, book banded, reading books. These include schemes such as Rigby Star, Oxford Reading Tree, Sunshine Spiral and many others.
The government strongly recommend the use of synthetic phonics when teaching early literacy skills to children. Synthetic phonics is simply the ability to convert a letter or letter group into sounds that are then blended together into a word.
Here at the Christchurch Infant School, we are using the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with their literacy. RWI is a method of learning based upon letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their reading and writing.
Reading opens the door to learning. A child who reads a lot will become a good reader. A good reader will be able to read more challenging material. A child who can read more challenging material is a child who will learn. The more a child learns, the more he or she will want to find out.
Using RWI, the children learn to read effortlessly so they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read. It also allows them to spell effortlessly so they can put all their energy into composing what they write.
The children are assessed regularly and grouped according to their ability. They will work with a RWI trained teacher or teaching assistant. In addition to the RWI, children will also be working on writing skills in their classes with their own teacher.
Children are taught to write by learning how to form their lower case and capital letters in the correct direction as well as starting and finishing in the right place. We use the ‘Penpals’ handwriting scheme and when children are ready, they will be encouraged to start joining up their handwriting. We follow the National Curriculum English programs of study when teaching spelling, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation. Children will be encouraged to compose sentences by rehearsing orally what they want to say, writing and re-reading to check it makes sense. Early writing skills can be encouraged by provision of suitable writing materials and the valuing of any mark making / play writing the child produces.
Acquiring a good standard for spoken English will underpin the development of reading and writing and is essential to communication as a whole. We value the use of drama across the whole curriculum to help children improve their speaking and listening skills. Parents can also help by looking for opportunities to develop speaking and listening skills for example, playing games and sharing conversations over a meal and carefully monitoring children’s access to television and computer games.
The school is very proud to have been awarded the Basic Skills Award for the third time, in recognition of its work in promoting and teaching high standards in Literacy.
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