At Buckshaw we are teaching the New National Curriculum for English from September 2014.
All of our children are encouraged to read a variety of fiction and non-fiction books. We have a well-stocked library which children visit on a weekly basis. Visits to the local County Library are also encouraged.
Our children have access to a variety of reading schemes. Reading books are taken home to share with adults on a daily basis. A record of children’s progress is recorded in a HomeSchool Reading Journal.
Throughout the year various events are held to give our children the opportunity to explore literacy. The Book Fair, visits from drama groups and other literacy based groups are examples of such events. All aspects of writing – including spelling, are covered in daily lessons. Children are encouraged to practice the skills taught using ICT and interactive games. This enables our children to take an active role in all lessons, learning skills in a ‘hands on’ way.
The teaching of phonics and spelling are a vital part of literacy. Children are encouraged to learn spellings and their ‘patterns’ on a weekly basis, with a hope that this transfers through to their written work. KS1 children have three separate ‘Phonics’ sessions a week and KS2 have two spelling sessions.
Parents are very important partners in helping to develop the skills in literacy, and are encouraged to hear their children read, help them learn spellings and continue their learning at home.