Reading and writing are central to the school day; they are enhanced through a variety of speaking and listening activities. Through creative cross-curricular links we inspire the children to read and write for meaningful purposes. We support children's writing through the use of What a Good One Looks Like (WAGOLL) as well as a range of stimulating media and drama activities.
Through our daily, creative, hands-on and systematic phonics programme, our children are encouraged to read from an early age and are successful in applying their phonological skills. To inspire a love of reading, our children have many opportunities to read every day including 1:1 with an adult, Guided Reading sessions, reading buddies across year groups throughout the school and independent reading in our book corners. We use a diverse range of cross-curricular resources to support their learning.
As a school we welcome a range of visitors, including drama groups, journalists and authors. Each year we celebrate reading through World Book Day and other special literary events, for example poetry and Shakespeare days. We also encourage our children to enter a range of Literacy based competitions throughout the year.
We have two wonderfully resourced libraries which are used weekly by each class. Children are exposed to a broad range of literature through our creative curriculum and class stories and poetry, which the children enjoy hearing everyday.
Our creative approach is fully described in the policy below.