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The most important aspect of this subject is the development of the child's language skills.  This includes reading, listening, talking and writing and forms an integral part of learning across the whole curriculum.  These skills are developed by teachers planning practical and stimulating tasks for the children which involve discussions, drama, listening to and writing stories and poetry, or finding out information for class and personal topics.

 

Upon entry into school phonological awareness is taught through the ‘Jolly Phonics Scheme’.  A structured approach to introducing the 44 (approx) phonemes of the English Language.  This is followed by the segmenting and blending of sounds (as each child is ready) and this forms the foundation for spelling and de-coding words and then texts.  Reading skills continue to be developed throughout the school and each child follows a programme of reading consisting of books written with a structured vocabulary, but also a wide choice of 'real' books grouped at the same interest level or level of reading ability.  When the children reach the end of the structured reading scheme a wide range of literature is available.

 

Children are encouraged to take their first real books home to share with parents, and advice to parents on helping their children to read is available on request.

 

The school bookshelves contain a wide selection of reading material and the children have access to these at all times, to choose books that may help them with their work, or develop their interests further.

 

A child's written work takes many forms, it may arise from a piece of research into a topic, or be more creative and descriptive through teachers providing an interesting stimulus, prior to the child writing a piece of prose or poetry.

 

The children are encouraged to write neatly, following prescribed handwriting schemes and to develop a regard for neat presentation and appearance when producing a piece of work.

 

The teaching of spelling and punctuation is linked as closely as possible with the child's written work and reading.  The child is made aware of the pattern and structure of spelling and of the importance of being able to communicate effectively.  Children are also taught the value of communication through the spoken word and information technology to reflect the world in which they live.