At Oakley CE Combined School, our curriculum aims to teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Every aspect of the children's work is influenced by the extent to which they use language with imagination and accuracy. Competence in reading, writing, speaking and listening is encouraged throughout the curriculum in order to enable the children to communicate appropriately and effectively. We teach Literacy daily from Year 1 to Year 6 through cross-curricular links and where required as a discrete subject, with opportunities for Literacy in the Foundation Stage being incorporated within the child’s day according to principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually" (National Curriculum, 2014).
Reading is taught initially using a phonics programme called ‘Letters & Sounds’ before moving onto our reading scheme. The programme is introduced in Reception and consolidated throughout Key Stage 1. Opportunities are also given during Key Stage 2 for further consolidation of phonics and spelling and some pupils undertake specific intervention programmes if they experience difficulties with reading.
At our school, our children:
We offer a rich and varied range of teaching approaches to achieve these ends, always striving to challenge every one of our pupils to make the maximum progress regardless of their starting point, with an understanding that different levels of support may be required to help them achieve their goals.