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Literacy and Phonics

Phonics

Letters and words are all around us! We take this approach in our unit by ensuring that letters and words are displayed in all our areas of provision. The FS2 children (Reception) have five teacher led discrete phonic sessions each week alongside five Literacy sessions focusing on speaking and listening; writing and reading skills. In these sessions we teach the sounds that letters make. To do this we use the Ruth Miskin Read, Write Inc scheme which provides children with the opportunity to see, hear, write and say each new sound that they learn as well as to blend and segment the sounds into words.

We have specific reading and writing areas within the unit but also thread these key basic skills through all areas of provision both indoors and outdoors.

Handwriting

Children are taught to use a pre cursive script when forming letters.

 

The children are provided with lots of opportunities to write for a purpose within the provision. They might be writing shopping lists, letters or stories. All mark making is encouraged and celebrated no matter where each child is on their writing journey. We do insist that all children develop the correct pencil grip in order to ensure that they can form letters and numbers accurately.

 

 

 

Reading

 Once the FS2 children are settled into the unit and begun their discrete phonics sessions, we begin to introduce home reading books. The home reading books allow children to consolidate and practice their phonics and early reading skills learnt in school. As the children's reading skills develop the books get gradually more complex. It is still important children read a wide range of books, both fiction and non-fiction, in order to give them lots of opportunities to be involved in book talk. Don’t forget you can borrow books from the FSU library each week and that the library in Crosshills also offer a wide range of books to families.

We aim to listen to all children read throughout the week. Along with their school reading book, children have a reading record in which home and school can comment on how well each child is progressing. 

Alongside their reading book, all FS2 children will receive some high frequency word cards to learn at home. Throughout the year the children will receive more and more words as their knowledge and confidence develops. The words are to be used at home for games and home learning. We would please ask that the wallets with their reading books and words are kept in the children's book bags at all times so that we can access them when necessary in order to determine if they need any additional words to learn.

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