At St Alfege with St Peter's we aim to ensure that all pupils:
- Read fluently and with good understanding.
- Develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information.
- Acquire a wide vocabulary, spell accurately and have a secure understanding of grammar.
- Write clearly, accurately and coherently across a range of genres.
- Are competent in the arts of speaking and listening.
At St. Alfege with St. Peter’s Primary School all infant children take part in daily phonics sessions. These are fun sessions involving lots of speaking, listening and games where the emphasis is on children’s participation. They learn to use their phonic knowledge for reading, writing and independent play.
From a very early stage, children develop an awareness of different sounds in spoken language. They develop an understanding that spoken words are made up of different sounds (phonemes) and they learn to match these phonemes to letters (graphemes). Phonics is about children knowing how letters link to sounds (graphemes to phonemes), e.g. c as in ‘cat’, ll as in ‘fell’, ee as in ‘sheep’. Children use this phonics knowledge when they are reading and writing.
At St. Alfege with St. Peter’s Primary School we use the phonics programme Letters and Sounds, supported by a range of teaching materials, including ‘Jolly Phonics’ and ‘Phonics Play’. Letters and Sounds is divided into six phases with each phase following closely from the last. They are also taught to read and spell ‘tricky words’ – words with unusual spellings or which children have not yet been taught.
The following links can be used to support phonics learning at home:
We aim to promote a love of reading through access to a wide range of quality texts and to give children the skills to be curious, enthusiastic and critical life-long readers.
In Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, early reading is supported by the use of Oxford Reading Tree and Bug Club reading schemes.
Children in Years 3 to 6 participate in whole class guided reading sessions which focus on the learning of comprehension skills. These skills allow children to fully appreciate and engage with texts they choose for themselves or texts that form part of their learning. We encourage all children to read for pleasure and they are able to choose from a range of texts which may include quality picture books, children’s classics, newspapers, poetry books or brand new publications. We want our children to love books as much as we do!
Recommended books to choose at the library
In Foundation Stage, children are valued as early writers. They are encouraged to use mark making to enrich their play and are taught explicit writing skills in regular adult-led sessions.
In Years 1 to 6, children learn to write a variety of fiction and non-fiction genres.
Spelling, punctuation and grammar lessons help learners to produce technically accurate writing. These skills are taught alongside more creative aspects to ensure ideas are communicated effectively and legibly.
Children are encouraged to write as writers, thinking about the process of crafting a text – planning, writing, editing and publishing.
'Power of Reading’ (CLPE), ‘Talk for Writing’ (Pie Corbett) and ‘The Literacy Curriculum’ (Literacy Tree) are used to deliver the writing curriculum.