Literacy

Nursery

I will understand that print has meaning, print can have different purposes, we read English text from left to right and from top to bottom, the names of the different parts of a book and page sequencing. I will be able to spot and suggest rhymes, count or clap syllables in a word and recognise words with the same initial sound. I will engage in extended conversations about stories, learning new vocabulary. I will use some of my knowledge about print and letters in my early writing. I will be able to write some or all of my name. I will be able to write some letters correctly. 

Reception

I will read individual letters by saying the sounds for them. I will blend sounds into words so I can read short words with known letter-sound correspondences. I will read some letter groups that each represent one sound and say sounds for them. I will read some common exception words (matched to the Read Write Inc programme). I will read simple phrases and sentences made up of words with known letter-sound correspondences and a few exception words. I will become a confident, fluent reader who enjoys and understands the books I am reading. I will form lower-case and capital letters correctly. I will spell words by identifying the sounds and then writing them. I will write short sentences using a capital letter and full stop. I will be able to re-read what I have written to check that it makes sense.

Across the EYFS the environment both indoors and out will support my interest in reading and writing and will give me the opportunity to embed the skills I am being taught. I will have the chance to read on my own, with the support of my teacher and in small groups on a regular basis. I will take home a library book of my choice which will help me to develop a love of and habit in reading. Sharing a book will also develop my vocabulary and language development as will picture books (books without words). When I am able to blend phonemes together I will take home a reading book which will be matched to my phonic phase and which I will be able to read fluently and confidently. This will give me the opportunity to become a confident reader whilst embedding my phonic skills. In school I will have a more challenging reading book which my teacher will support me with.

A small set of flashcards will be sent home on a weekly basis which will be matched to the phase in phonics I am working within. This will support my skill of blending to read. I will also be given some “tricky/exception” words to learn.

My family will be made aware of the week’s phonic focus within the weekly newsletter. There will be a parents/carers workshop led by the Phonics Lead M Sargent and the EYFS Lead C Riley, where information will be given on how reading and writing is taught in school and how it can be supported at home. Parents and carers are invited to “stay and read” weekly sessions when appropriate.

I will visit the local library with my friends and my teacher and will be encouraged to become a member and use it regularly to develop a love of reading.

“Read, Write Inc” is a programme (used from September 2020) which provides a structured and systematic approach to teaching literacy. Our aim is to create fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers who will be able to meet the higher expectations of the National Curriculum as they leave Reception (and the EYFS curriculum) and move to Year 1. 

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