In EYFS, English is taught through formal staff-led lessons and Continuous Provision.
There are reading areas in all EYFS environments, and writing is a huge focus in many of the Continuous Provision activities.
At Waterloo, we are teaching the New National Curriculum for English from September 2014 in KS1 and KS2.
All of our children are encouraged to read a variety of fiction and non-fiction books. Our children have access to a variety of reading schemes. Reading books are taken home to share with adults on a daily basis. A record of children’s progress is recorded in a Home/School Reading Journal, and we offer a before school reading club, alongside booster/intervention groups when needed.
Throughout the year, various events are held to give our children the opportunity to explore literacy. The Book Fair, visits from drama groups and other literacy based groups are examples of such events. All aspects of writing are covered in daily English lessons. We hold a Waterloo Writer of the Year competition, when children celebrate their own high-quality writing, and that of their peers. Children are encouraged to practice the skills taught using ICT (Eg: Bug Club – a reading app) and interactive games. This enables our children to take an active role in all lessons, learning skills in a ‘hands on’ way.
KS1 children have five separate Phonics sessions each week, using ‘Letters and Sounds’, which are quality-controlled by an experienced Phonics Co-Ordinator, along with Guided Reading sessions. KS2 have phonics sessions (when still needed) and EGPS sessions. We have an English team, who monitor the quality of teaching and learning within school. Pre-teach and reactive support are offered to children in English activities.
Parents are very important partners in helping to develop the skills in literacy, and are encouraged to hear their children read, help them learn spellings and continue their learning at home.