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Sugar Hill Primary School

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Literacy

At Sugar Hill Primary School we truly believe that language and communication are life skills which need to be nurtured and developed from the moment children walk through our doors.

Our overall aim for English is to create a ‘need’ to learn in all children which supports their reading and writing development during their years with us.

English is at the heart of our curriculum and truly instils awe and wonder and a love of learning, in all of our pupils. Reading and writing is enriched throughout our curriculum and the creative environment and learning context that we provide, leads to enhanced learning experiences, which allow children the opportunity to develop in a curriculum tailored to their needs.

As a school, we aim to promote a high standard of English by supporting children with their development of accurate spoken and written English, alongside confidence and enjoyment when accessing a wide range of literature. Through participation with the English curriculum, we endeavour all pupils will:

Develop communication and spoken language skills through collaboration and encouragement.

Read with enjoyment; fluently, confidently and with a sense of success.

Develop a love of reading and reading habits, understanding the main purposes of reading for finding information and for pleasure.

Develop a repertoire of vocabulary which is rich, thoughtful and challenging.

Explore and engage with our much loved literacy heritage.

Write creatively and coherently with confidence and a sense of pride and achievement.

Write for a purpose and to engage an audience, whilst showcasing their individual flair and style.

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Through a love of reading, which currently radiates through school, we strive to engage and motivate all of our learners to enjoy and appreciate literature and have ownership over the books they choose and identify with. Cross-curricular links are integral to the ethos of our school and high-quality literature plays a pivotal role in this.

Children experience a wide variety of reading materials at different levels of complexity, so that they become confident and fluent readers. We have a wide selection of books; both fiction and non-fiction in our two school libraries and classroom book corners. In our reading programme we give each child the opportunity to enjoy books.

Reception and KS1 children follow the Letter and Sounds Scheme in daily phonics teaching sessions which allows them to read confidently and spell words accurately. The main reading scheme used in KS1 is Bug Club and various schemes also complement this.

In addition, children in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 take home reading scheme books. Teachers keep a daily record of individual and group reading in school. Children’s progress in reading is regularly assessed and information shared with parents during open evenings. Our school expectation is that children across the whole school will read or share a book with an adult at home at least four times a week. We want all children to value books and to develop a love of lifelong reading. We believe this starts from an early age and we strongly encourage bedtime stories (read and told)  as a very special end to a busy school day for all our younger children.

Children are shown how to form their letters correctly as soon as they start in the Reception class. We follow a structured programmed throughout the school of a continuous cursive style. In Reception, children learn how to form the letters correctly and are not required to join them up until they are ready. Having a consistent approach across school provides children with a fluent, neat and legible handwriting style of which they can be proud.

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