We aim to encourage a life-long appreciation of the spoken and written word as a means for our children to communicate thoughts, facts and feelings. From Early Years to Key Stage 2, we continue to develop the essential literacy skills of speaking and listening; phonics and spelling; grammar and punctuation; and reading and writing.
Spelling and Grammar
Please find below, a guide to the technical vocabulary used in the teaching of spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG). This is intended as an overview for parents and carers, to help facilitate learning at home and support with homework.
Spelling is taught daily, either through the Read Write Inc programme (Y1 and Y2), or through our own spelling scheme (Y3-Y6).
This document shows you the Read Write Inc sounds in the order they are taught, along with the rhymes children use to remember each sound: RWI sounds with rhymes.
This document shows you the sounds grouped by type (stretchy consonants, bouncy consonants and vowels): Speed Sounds Chart
Once children have completed the Read Write Inc programme, they will move onto the school spelling scheme which can be found here: Carfield Spelling Scheme
- Little Word Detective: e.g. everywhere
- Syllables: e.g. re — mem — ber
- Say it Silly: e.g. pe / op / le
- Silly Sentence: e.g. because = Boys Eat Cabbages And Ugly Slimy Eels
- Highlight the tricky bit: e.g. awkward
Copies of the High Frequency words, and the Statutory Spelling lists can be found below.
We encourage a multi-sensory approach for learning spellings. An example of the activities we do in school can be found here – Spelling Activity Guidance – and we encourage you to help your child learn their spellings at home in a similar way! Guidance for using the spelling ZAPPERs can be found here – Zapper Guidance.
The Carfield Crew are our reading characters who introduce the children to the different question types (called content domains). Meet the crew and their skills here: Carfield Crew
To help when reading with children, we have produced a reading prompts booklet with questions linked to the different content domains. Download a copy of the booklet here: Reading Prompts booklet
Here is an example of how the Carfield Crew and their questions are displayed in our classrooms.
Following a writing framework developed in the school the children are taught how to write in a variety of styles, including fiction and poetry to many forms of non -fiction.
We teach children the vital skills of drafting revising and editing their own work, encouraging the children to be independent learners.
All children engage in drama, poetry performance and competitions where possible. They watch live performances, and examine the rich traditions of literature from other cultures and history.
We value the involvement of parents and governors in English related work and encourage parents to hear their children read at least 4 times a week in all year groups. The Fab Four. We also encourage using a reading diary. It is very beneficial to hear your child read regularly.
Children are regularly assessed in all areas of literacy to inform pupils, teachers and parents of their progress. We use the Sheffield Tracker called STATonline. This provides Key Performance Indicators that the children are required to meet that are considered appropriate for their age and stage of development.
Y2 and Y6 currently take statutory tests in reading, writing and SPAG (spelling and grammar). However, we assess children’s work alongside these assessment points to ensure that all children make good progress. Our goal is to continually extend every child and to give them a solid grounding in, and an enjoyment of the spoken and written word. The skills in literacy are also transferred to thematic work in a cross curricular topic. This provides a relevance and purpose for the skills that they learn.