We aim to bring literacy and language alive for our children so that they develop a love of reading and writing to take with them into later life. We use our tailored version of Talk for Writing to deliver the English curriculum.
Speaking and Listening forms an integral part of our Literacy curriculum. The children enjoy role-play and drama activities, Christmas productions and other wider curriculum opportunities. Our School Council helps the children develop their confidence and communication skills, as our council members represent each class and talk with the children across the school about their views, ideas and concerns.
We consider reading skills to be of fundamental importance and an early priority is to ensure that children can read and also understand and enjoy a wide range of reading material. Books are taken home so that parents can help by listening to, and reading with, their children. We have a wide choice of books from a variety of different reading schemes. We use a systematic approach to teaching phonics using aspects from the Read Write Inc. approach.
Learning the skills which enable the children to express themselves in writing is a priority in all year groups. Children learn how to write a range of texts from labels and lists to newspaper reports and explanations.
We help children to develop their skills by teaching children to develop their understanding of Vocabulary, Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation. Children learn to plan their writing carefully and to take part in Talk for Writing opportunities, where children can engage in sustained, stimulated writing which children tell us they love!
Communication, language and literacy are of high importance and we expect children to be able to demonstrate and apply the skills they have learnt in these areas across the curriculum.
The Coley Primary Talk for Writing - The Teaching Sequence
Over the past two years teachers have been trained on the core strategies: Imitation, Innovation and Invention, spending time refining each key aspect and deepening their understanding and as a result we have now established a whole school system which establishes a coherent approach to teaching writing, aiming to help children make faster progress and gain confidence as well as pleasure in becoming writers.