At Elmwood Infant School we firmly believe that Literacy is a significant life skill and that the development of strong learning foundations will enable our children to listen, speak, read and write confidently throughout their school career and on into adult life. We believe that it is important to foster an enthusiasm for, and an appreciation of, the different strands of Literacy (Reading, Writing and Spoken Language) in a broad, cross-curricular and real-life sense at all stages throughout the school. At Elmwood we believe it is important to value children’s home languages as children with a strong foundation in first language acquire additional languages more successfully and have greater academic success. Children are taught literacy daily through the use of real books which reflect the diversity of our children and strong links are made between literacy and other areas of the curriculum. Speaking and listening activities are embedded throughout the curriculum through the use of group work, drama and role play. Children have the opportunity to experience a wide variety of texts, and to support their work with a variety of resources such as word-banks, dictionaries and thesauruses. Children use ICT in literacy lessons where it enhances their learning. Wherever possible we encourage children to use and apply their learning in other areas of the curriculum.
We believe in developing a rich reading culture by creating welcoming book areas in all classrooms. All children from Reception to Year 2 have the opportunity to visit our school library, which provides an inspiring environment for our children to read for pleasure. It contains a wide selection of fiction books and non-fiction books to support children’s individual research skills. We have developed a wide ranging reading scheme, including picture books, which provides opportunities for all pupils to engage with fiction, non-fiction, poetry and other text types throughout their time in and out of school. We currently use an amalgamation of popular reading schemes including Oxford Reading Tree, Floppy’s Phonics, and Project X. Each book band contains a variety of texts in order for the children to experience and learn from different structures, styles and formats of literature.
Phonics is taught from Nursery through to Year 2. The teaching and learning of phonics is planned using Letters and Sounds and in the Foundation Stage and Year 1, they also use Jolly Phonics.
In the Foundation Stage, language and literacy development are incorporated in all areas of learning. Opportunities are provided for children to communicate thoughts, ideas and feelings. Purposeful role-play and small world opportunities are used to develop language and imagination. Children are given opportunities to share and enjoy a wide range of rhymes, songs, poetry and books, fiction and non-fiction. An environment is provided which reflects the importance of language through signs, notices and books. Children are provided with opportunities to see adults writing and they can experiment with writing themselves.
Literacy around our school during Spring 2 2018