At Villiers children are heard to read daily. Our pupils first learn to read using the Read Write Inc. Phonics programme. This is taught from Nursery through to Year 2 and a small minority of Year 3 still continue on the programme. By the end of Year 2, the majority of KS1 children have exited Read Write Inc. groups and have progressed into Guided Reading groups. We strongly encourage children to develop a passion for reading. We value the importance of storytelling and sharing short stories, poetry and classic novels with the children, therefore we have incorporated whole class story time into the weekly timetable throughout the school.
In addition to either Read Write Inc. or Guided Reading, pupils also have an additional daily English lesson which focuses on developing key writing skills linked to the 2014 National Curriculum. Speedy starters will be used at the start of English lessons to develop grammar and punctuation skills and learning objectives will be more skills based to continue to develop grammar and punctuation skills in context. Children will use purposeful talk to generate quality ideas for writing and be trained to successfully use each stage of the writing process: plan, draft, write, evaluate and edit. We use a creative approach to literacy which is taught through engaging topics.
Spellings will be given weekly each Friday. Pupils will be given the opportunity to practice these age-appropriate spellings using a Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check sheet which will be taken home and completed daily in morning registration sessions. Weekly spellings will be set at 3 different levels to match specific individual needs to ensure that all children make progress in this subject. Each Friday, children will be tested on their spellings for that week.
Good handwriting is taught and encouraged throughout the School. We have introduced a cursive handwriting style which is implemented as soon as children enter the Foundation Stage through pre-cursive patterns, this later develops into pre- cursive letters and eventually a fluent joined up, legible cursive style as children progress through the school.
Please read our Handwriting Leaflet for further guidance on cursive handwriting and how you can help your child at home using the Letter Join website www.letterjoin.co.uk
For as long as I can remember I've always loved to write and use my imagination to escape to new worlds. I enjoy playing with words and choosing vocabulary to get the sentence just right.
My role as Literacy Co-ordinator in school is a wonderful job and I use it to encourage our children to enjoy writing just as much as I do. I really enjoy buying new books for school and helping teachers to plan exciting lessons that link to the children's favourite authors, stories and topics.
My favourite author is Philip Pullman and my favourite books of his are the Northern Lights trilogy which I read and simply couldn't put down. My advice to any child in school who wants to develop their writing skills would be to read everyday and as many different types of books as possible, including poems, and use famous authors' ideas and word choices to magpie ideas for their own work.