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 attached 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). Our spelling coverage can be found via the link below.
- 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.
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.