Literacy is taught not only thorough specific lessons, but is also a huge part of the culture of the school.
‘Literacy’ covers the teaching of reading, writing and speaking. It is taught not only thorough specific lessons, but is also a huge part of the culture of the school.
There are regular reading, handwriting, spelling, punctuation and grammar lessons. The creative curriculum ensures that all knowledge and skills can then be applied with purpose and enjoyment.
Speaking and listening
There is a huge emphasis on speaking and listening from an early age, encouraging children to ‘play’ with language and to be able to articulate their thoughts. We begin early, with the use of rhymes and songs to develop understanding and to experiment with speech patterns. Children are then encouraged to develop their speaking and listening skills around all areas of the curriculum; to discuss what they are learning and develop their confidence, mastery and enjoyment of language through performances, debating and public speaking. Children are also taught specific Learning Behaviours to support talk for learning
The Queensbridge aim is for the children to leave our school reading fluently but also very importantly with a love of reading. Reading is used as a tool to access information throughout our curriculum.
It is taught initially through shared stories (FS) leading to more formal ‘Daily Supported Reading’ in Reception and Year 1. This is a reading programme that ensures all children have daily opportunities to read independently, in small groups, at their ability level with a trained adult. This continues into early Year 2 alongside Guided Reading sessions. In Key Stage 2 these Guided Reading sessions continue with a focus on key strategies for comprehending messages and accessing information. There is a wide range of books, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry and graphic novels available in the school for the children to read and listen to. Adults share books daily through story time and topic work. Children also have regular opportunities to visit the library. We have recently refurbished our school library and children are regularly visiting to share stories and change books.
Children are regularly monitored and any children who do meet the expected standard will receive support in a range of ways according to their level of need.
An early intervention 1-1 literacy programme (Reading Recovery) for children who need a quick and effective catch up in Year 1.
In class group support from Reading Recovery teachers in Year 2
TA 1-1 reading programme (15 minutes a day) for children with Special Educational Needs in KS2
Reading coaches providing 1-1 support from Year 2 up
Reading volunteers to engage children (Beanstalk and CSV) in KS2 Parents and Reading
We recommend that parents listen to their children read regularly, as well as reading books to them for enjoyment. Coffee mornings share information on how we teach reading. Book bags are changed regularly.
We give our pupils a purpose for their writing; using cross-curricular activities to encourage children to think about language style, audience and genre. Children are taught about sentence structure and grammar from an early age, looking at basic punctuation and whole sentences from Year 1. We build on this to develop their skills throughout the school, allowing them to consolidate, practice and discuss the use of language. Handwriting, spelling and grammar are taught using the Nelson scheme of work from Reception to Year 6, as well as in context across the curriculum.