Literacy is taught at Chiddingstone C of E School explicitly through direct Reading, Writing and Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling lessons. It is underpinned by a broad range of foundation subjects, taught through the Cornerstones Creative Curriculum. This provides a context, which gives learning meaning, and enables the children to engage fully with the subject matter.
Literacy reinforces all aspects of learning, and we believe it is a vital medium, enabling our children to access other areas of knowledge; we offer rich experiences in reading, writing, speaking and listening or drama. The children are actively encouraged to enjoy reading and writing, choosing exciting and challenging texts for study into which we also interweave the teaching of spelling, grammar and handwriting.
Our literacy lessons are carefully structured with well-organised timetables and high-quality teaching and learning. Speaking and listening opportunities are a priority, with children talking about their learning and explaining their thinking, with frequent opportunities to write for a range of audiences. We run a number of intervention support and extension programmes to support all pupils in achieving age-related expectations and to offer challenges to more able children.
From EYFS through to the end of KS1, the teaching of early reading is taught using synthetic phonics and consolidated through the use of the Oxford Owl eBook Library, where specific books are assigned to complement the phonics teaching taking place in class, giving the children the opportunity to apply what they are learning about letters and sounds to the reading of words and stories. N.B. Our current phonics scheme is under review in line with DFE guidance for early reading.
Phonics lessons, which are matched to the understanding of each child, are delivered daily and, in addition, children are involved in individual, group or whole-class reading activities with the teacher. Although formal phonics teaching is usually complete by the end of Year 2, children continue to use their knowledge as they move up the school, using their skills as a tool for reading and spelling.
Initially children are encouraged to write individual letters and attempt spellings phonetically. Towards the end of Year 1, more formal spelling begins, and, from then onwards, the children are given spellings to learn which follow the statutory requirements of the curriculum. The use of dictionaries is taught and encouraged.
We use the spellings from the National Curriculum Programme of Study.
Spellings are practised daily, regularly assessed and matched to ability using our '5 a day' spelling strategy.
'We love to read.'
Each Year Group has a class book each term, often related to their topic work. Daily, whole class reading of the class book is delivered by teachers and teaching assistants.
Book club is well attended by Key Stage 2 pupils, where a range of ages have the opportunity to share a novel and engage in rich discussion, review and challenge.
We have a well-equipped library/ reading corner in each classroom, which means children become used to borrowing and returning books, accessing a broad spectrum in line with their varied interests. Books are matched to the appropriate Year Group Programme of Study and are catalogued into different challenge levels.
The school also subscribes to Oxford Owl eBook Library, which enables children to read 550 eBooks -catering for every Oxford level, as well as a variety of interests.
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At Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 the school follows the National Curriculum English Programmes of Study. These can be viewed here: