Language and literacy
“One-third of all children are not working securely in speech, language and communication by the time they reach five years old. One in ten children have long-term speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). In some areas of deprivation, more than 50% of children start school with SLCN.”
Language and literacy are the building blocks for success in school, work and life. That is why our Academy gives more time to literacy teaching than other schools.
We also develop all of our teachers to be aware of possible barriers to learning and how to support children if additional help is needed.
Read Write Inc. Phonics: A strong foundation for literacy
Read Write Inc. Phonics is a teaching programme for 4-7 year-old children learning to read and write, and for 7 and 8 year-olds who need to catch up. It builds children’s knowledge of letter sounds to support their early reading. It also develops handwriting and spelling skills. Children learn to read simple texts out loud in class with partners or in small groups to help them become fluent, expressive readers. Additional one-to-one tutoring support is also provided to ensure that all students progress.
All the children have a class reading text and access The Big Read. This whole text sharing experience develops the comprehension skills of our pupils as well as a love of reading.