At Lucas Vale we believe that a child’s ability to read, write and communicate plays a fundamental role in all aspects of their learning; therefore English is at the heart of all areas of the curriculum.
We also plan for separate literacy lessons to occur every day in our school in line with the expectations of the 2014 National Curriculum. The Read Write Inc phonics scheme is used at our school.
At Lucas Vale we aim to ensure that every child who walks through our door develops a life-long love of literature and enjoys reading for pleasure. In addition, we aim to challenge children to think critically and understand that being proficient in reading and writing is vital in order to flourish in today’s society.
We want all our children to be passionate about reading. Therefore, we make sure that all children have access to a range of exciting, diverse and language-rich books and reading materials. Every classroom has a stimulating and engaging book corner, and we provide many opportunities for children to read, and be read to, throughout the school day.
Children are taught the skills of decoding and comprehension depending on their age and stage of development. All children are encouraged to read at home regularly with an adult.
EYFS and KS1 have a taught daily phonics session. This teaches children to hear, say, read and write the full range of sounds needed to read and write independently. We are following the synthetics phonics programme- Read, Write, Inc. (RWI).
KS2 have a taught daily 45-minute session, which follows the Destination Reading programme developed by Hackney Learning Trust. This involves the study of carefully selected texts at a whole-class level. Through this, children are taught the following key skills of reading comprehension: predicting, clarifying, evaluating, inferencing, making connections, summarising and questioning.
At Lucas Vale, we use the Literacy Tree, which is a book-based primary English planning resource. We believe that using engaging, language-rich and diverse texts, which are reflective of our community, inspire creativity and develop an enjoyment for writing.
At Lucas Vale we want our writing opportunities to be meaningful, and to be written with a clear audience in mind, whether the pieces we produce are short or long. Using books as a stimuli, we provide the opportunity to write for a range of purposes, for example to explain, persuade, inform or instruct. Wherever possible, writing is embedded within a text or linked to a specific curriculum area.
PHONICS AND SPELLING
In the EYFS and Year 1, children receive a daily session in phonics. This teaches children to hear, say, read and write the full range of sounds needed to read and write independently.
From Year 2 onwards, children are taught the age-appropriate spelling patterns as outlined in the spelling appendix of the national curriculum.
All children are given a set of words to practise spelling, and from Year 1 onwards, these are tested once a week.
GRAMMAR AND PUNCTUATION
Wherever possible, grammar and punctuation is explored and taught within a real context: this may be done through a quality text that the children are reading, or it could be in the shared writing which all adults model as part of the teaching process.
At Lucas Vale, children are taught to join their letters using the Letter-Join Programme. Children practise their handwriting regularly in order to develop confidence and fluency, and all adults model a joined handwriting script.
Please view Lucas Vales English Reading and Writing Policies below