The children at East Preston Infant School benefit from a creative approach to Literacy, inspired by their curriculum topics. Using the ‘Talk for Writing’ approach (which promotes oral rehearsal in preparation for writing), work is planned and taught through a particular genre of text, building towards a writing outcome at the end.
Pupils progress through the skills necessary for forming each genre whilst also developing vocabulary linked to the topics. Well formed letters and punctuation are encouraged. Children are taught a print script in Year R and 1, progressing to a cursive script in Year 2.
During Guided Reading sessions, pupils read and respond to texts linked to the curriculum topics. They work in groups, accessing interesting and engaging texts appropriate to their ability. In addition to the creative curriculum, East Preston Infant School offers a specialised programme of literacy to small groups and individuals that require extra support in reading and writing.
The Letters and Sounds scheme combined with the Jolly Phonics scheme, supports pupils in their ability to decode words (read) and encode words (spell), as well as helping them to form accurately punctuated sentences.
It is the aim of every teacher in East Preston Infant School to ensure that their class enjoy reading, writing and responding to texts, whilst raising standards for every pupil.