Phonics is taught using the Little Wandle Revised Letters and Sounds approach from Nursery to Year 2. Children are taught phonics in whole class groups in addition to their class-based English lessons, on a regular (Year 2) or daily (EYFS & Year 1) timetable. In the EYFS phonics is taught in daily 15-20 minute sessions. Regular assessments enable children to make quick progress and move through the phases of phonics.
English: In Years 1 to 6 we allocate an 80 minute daily lesson. This includes all elements of the subject, including Guided Reading, writing, spelling, grammar and comprehension. We use our own long and medium term plans built on a range of high quality texts from different genres.
In the EYFS children work in small focus groups with staff for Guided Reading, and writing. Opportunities for reading and writing are woven into continuous provision activities throughout the Foundation Stage. Pupils follow the Talk For Writing (TFW) framework to develop their literacy skills.
Handwriting is taught throughout school according to the Martin Harvey scheme, with the timing and number of lessons managed by each teacher.