Lanaguage, Literacy and Communication is the term for what most parents would recognise as 'English' for pupils from Nursery to Year 2. It has several strands - speaking and listening, reading and writing.
At Severn Primary we develop these strands through many different topics and subjects. We also use a scheme called Read Write Inc (see information at the bottom of this page).
Speaking and Listening
* Listening is a difficult skill. We slowly develop our pupils ability to listen for longer periods of time and respond appropriately to what has been said. Talking to your child and listening to what they say can greatly help in this process.
* We back up our belief in the importance of this and the teaching of tolerance and respect by making one of our school rules - "Listen to the person who is supposed to be talking". This can refer to a pupil, visitor, adult or teacher.
* Hearing stories and nursery rhymes help children to develop many skills.
* We use 'talking partners' so that pupils can try out their ideas with a classmate before speaking in front of the class.
* Speaking clearly is a life skill that all pupils need to learn. We encourage children to find out information for themselves and then present it to the rest of the group/class. Speaking clearly and choosing appropriate words for their audience is part of this learning process.
* Looking at picture books and talking about the story is an early stage in learning to read.
* In school we develop pupils' abilities to initially break up words into chunks (e.g. hos-pit-al( or c-a-t) before beginning to learn letters.
* At first pupils learn letter sounds. If you want to help them please be careful not at add "uh" sound to the end of them (e.g. sss not "suh" and h (like a pant) not "huh"). We are currently working on a CD/DVD to help you with this, more details will be published on the website when it is available. For now, we hope that this will help -
a as in ant h as in hat o as in on v as in van
b as in bat i as in ink p as in pen w as in wet
c as in cat j as in jam q as in queen x as in six
d as in dog k as in king r as in red y as in yes
e as in egg l as in lion s as in sun z as in zoo
f as in fish m as in mouse t as in ten
g as in gate n as in nut u as in up
* We follow "Letters and Sounds" a government approved sequence for learning phonics/letter sounds. Many websites have games and information about the order that letter sounds and reading words should be learnt.
* Once your child is ready we will begin sending keyword flashcards home. Please help your child to learn these by sight. You might like to make them into a game of dominoes, bingo or snap. Cereal boxes can be a cheap source of cardboard for these games.
* A bookbag can be bought from the main reception for £4 (price as of October 2012). Your child will need a bookbag to be able to take home school books. Any lost/damaged books will need to be paid for (usually about £3 per book).
* Large movements are an important part of children's early physical development. Using a paintbrush with water to paint patterns on an outside wall needs large arm movements and can be a fun way to develop control.
* Smaller movements come later and pencil control comes after that.
* It is important that pupils are encouraged to have a correct pencil grip using two fingers and a thumb so that they can write fluidly and without their hand cramping as they write more.
* When teaching your child to write their name please only use a capital letter for the first letter (see the section below on handwriting).
* Please be aware that the 'f' on the rainbow above is not correct for our handwriting style.
* All our lower case letters (e.g. a b c d not A B C D) begin on a writing line and start with a 'cloak' and end with a 'shoe' or small 'flick'.
* All our lower case letters join up.
* No upper case letters (e.g. A B C D also known as capital letters) join up.
* See the handwriting sheet below for an example of our handwriting.
* As a result of our handwriting style we have pupils in Year 1 with joined up writing.
Read Write Inc
Read Write Inc. Phonics, Literacy & Language, Fresh Start and Spelling are highly successful literacy programmes for 4-13 year-olds created by Ruth Miskin and published by Oxford University Press. The training and support from Ruth Miskin Training, rated Outstanding by the Department for Education, ensure the programmes have the best chance of success in schools.
The four Read Write Inc, programmes are carefully matched to the new curriculum, giving your children the best chance of success in the national tests. They show teachers, teaching assistants and parents step-by-step how to teach all children to become fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers.
Our school uses:
Read Write Inc. Phonics for our children in Nursery to Year 2 and for our children in Years 3 and 4 who need to catch up
Read Write Inc. Fresh Start for our children in Years 5 - 8 with a reading age of nine and below
Read Write Inc Literacy and Language for our fluent readers in Years 2 to 6
Read Write Inc. Phonics is used by over a quarter of the UK’s primary schools. It is a comprehensive literacy programme, weaving decoding, comprehension, writing and spelling together seamlessly. Ruth Miskin developed the programme during her time as a headteacher in Tower Hamlets. She believes that in order for a school to be successful, every headteacher needs to adopt a consistent whole-school approach to teaching reading, writing and spelling. Fidelity to the teaching programme, rigorous assessment, tracking and one-to-one tutoring ensure that schools guarantee progress for every child.
For information and tutorials on how to support your child learning to read go to: http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/parents/
Literacy & Language text
Read Write Inc. Literacy & Language meets the demands of the new national curriculum in a fun and meaningful way. It is a complete literacy programme addressing the grammar and punctuation aspects of the new statutory assessments and raising attainment for all children. Drama and discussion are an integral part of the programme: Literacy & Language children love writing because they have a lot to say.
For information on how to support your child in the Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling tests go to: http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/resources/?q=grammar
Fresh Start text
Read Write Inc. Fresh Start raises attainment rapidly in reading and writing. The programme boosts children’s confidence by matching what they read with the sounds they know using specially created age-appropriate texts and anthologies. Read Write Inc. Fresh Start provides clear and cumulative writing activities to build vocabulary and punctuation.
For more information go to: https://global.oup.com/education/content/primary/series/rwi/fresh-start/?region=international