Subject leader: Mrs Hooper
At St Mary’s we encourage a love of reading and writing and teach daily Literacy sessions. Speaking and listening is also developed through English sessions with regular opportunity to also develop communication skills in other subjects and drama enrichment activities.
We teach phonics across Early years and KS1 following the Read, Write Inc programme. Guided reading is taught daily and we also use Accelerated Reader to engage and motivate children as well as develop comprehension skills. Children are encouraged to read daily at home. Staff communicate with parents/carers in home learning journals to ensure that the children read regularly and make progress.
We take pride in the presentation of work and teach handwriting regularly. Literacy support groups take place where needed. We actively encourage all children to view themselves as practicing authors. Our aim is to see all our children leave St Mary’s feeling confident in their own writing abilities.
We are also passionate about reading. We send home a variety of supporting materials, including 'Top Ten Tips for Supporting your Child's Reading' and our 'Family Reading Booklet'. We have also recorded a series of videos showing some of the best ways to encourage children's reading.
| Picture Books
|| Developing Confidence
|| Early Readers
|| Exploring Books
For more information about the coloured 'book bands' system for levelling books, please click here.
Some great Literacy links for KS2:
Here are some websites
you might find useful: