At Wykeham we strive to create opportunities and consolidate literacy taught in a broad and balanced curriculum. Within this environment pupils are inspired to develop their use, knowledge and understanding of spoken and written English. It is our desire to enable pupils to communicate their ideas effectively and be able to respond to the views and ideas of others.
As a staff we understand the importance of developing each child’s linguistic ability within the school community and society. We are concerned about the development of the whole child. We recognise the importance of effective communication and the role it plays in building self-esteem.
Pupils at Wykeham Primary School will leave Year 6:
- reading and writing with confidence, fluency and understanding, using a range of independent strategies to self-monitor and correct;
- with a love of reading and a desire to read for enjoyment;
- with a passion for words and their meanings; developing a growing vocabulary in spoken and written forms;
- understanding a range of text types, media types and genres;
- able to write in a variety of styles and forms appropriate to the situation;
- using their developing imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness;
- having a suitable technical vocabulary to articulate their responses.
Reading for Enjoyment
At Wykeham we are keen to nurture in our pupils a love of reading and books. Many exciting and rewarding activities are arranged in school to promote the pleasure and knowledge that can be gained from books; e.g. ‘World Book Day' celebration and Book Weeks.
Book Weeks include visits by published authors, skilled story tellers from many cultures, performances by professional theatre groups, making books, using drama, dance and music to illustrate texts. Pupils are surrounded by a wide range of books to give the opportunity to make an informed choice about the books they want to read and share with others, whether at school or outside of school.
Approach to Reading and Phonics
Children in Reception and Key Stage 1 follow the synthetic approach using the Letters and Sounds programme. It is an approach to teaching phonics in which letter sounds are blended to form words.
Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of three/four, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven. The Oxford Owl website has some useful information for parents to support pupils with their understanding of phonics.
Pupils at Wykeham are encouraged to read for pleasure. Weekly library sessions are allocated so pupils can read and borrow a range of books.
Ways you can support your child with reading:
- Read with your child regularly
- Read to your child
- Talk about what they are reading
- Ask questions about what they are reading
- Visit the library in your community