Across school, all children have a daily reading session. In Early Years and Key Stage One, this is a daily phonics session.
The systematic synthetic phonics programme we use in school is called Letters and Sounds.
Letters and Sounds is taught whole class to ensure children have the opportunity to develop a deep understanding of phonics and are able to apply this to their reading and spelling.
We use a range of reading material across the school to provide our children with the skills they need to become fluent readers. We use books drawn from a number of schemes which are ability banded and ‘free reading’ materials. These are the books children take home to enjoy reading with their family or independently.
At Forest Hills Primary School, we also draw upon a wider range of texts to promote a love of reading, which we believe is fundamental to our children’s future success.
Writing and grammar skills are taught daily through our English lessons and also applied in other subjects. Spelling is taught as a separate session in Key Stage Two and as part of the phonics session in Early Years and Key Stage One.
We endeavour to link our writing to our termly topic and we develop our writing opportunities around our class book or a linked piece of visual literacy. A wide range of genres are covered throughout the year, including fiction and non-fiction, and where possible we write for a wider audience, whether that is for staff in school, our parents or the local MP. Children complete at least one piece of extended writing each fortnight, providing them with an opportunity to embed the skills taught as well as those learned previously. Our aim is for children to see themselves as writers and communicators, as such they are taught explicitly about the drafting, proof-reading and editing processes that writers follow and this is embedded in our writing cycle.