Literacy Learning Zone
Letters and Sounds
We use Letters and Sounds as a structural basis of our phonics programme, which provides the sequence of learning and the structure for our assessments, but we enrich the programme with carefully chosen resources and activities in order to meet the criteria set down by the DfE for good phonics teaching.
Our Literacy/Early Years Leader regularly monitors provision of our phonics programme, to ensure that learning meets our high standards, that lessons are muli-sensory and that children’s progress is carefully tracked.
We make sure all new staff are given high quality phonics CPD, and we provide regular ‘refreshers’ in terms of monitoring and feedback, staff twilights, and peer coaching, using our own experts to demonstrate lessons and share experiences. We all tach to the same programme.
Handwriting is a skill which affects written communication across the curriculum and therefore should be taught regularly and systematically. We begin with write dance patterns and as the year progresses we move onto letters. We teach the children the correct posture for handwriting and how to hold a pencil correctly.
Children should understand the importance of clear, neat presentation in order to communicate meaning effectively and develop a handwriting style for a range of purposes. During daily sessions, teachers will model and children will practice handwriting and learn to have the correct posture and to be consistent with the size and positioning of letters and the spacing of words.
Left handed children
Left handed children will be positioned appropriately and their paper may be slanted slightly. Their pencil can be held further from the point so that their vision of the letters is not blocked as they are writing.