At Langford we follow the Letters and Sounds phonics programme. As part of this, children have a daily phonics session in small groups where they participate in speaking, listening and spelling activities that are matched to their developing abilities. The teachers draw upon observations and continuous assessment to ensure children are stretched and challenged and to identify children who may need additional support. Children work through the six detailed phases, learning and developing their phonics sounds and knowledge. By the end of the programme, the children will have developed into fluent readers.
At Langford we endeavour to create a love of reading and know that the benefits of being able to read to a high standard is one of the most important skills a child can gain. We want every child to leave Langford with the skills of an excellent reader and so we aim to create and inspire readers who:
Have excellent phonic knowledge and skills;
- Read fluently and accurately across a wide range of contexts throughout the curriculum;
- Have knowledge of an extensive and rich vocabulary;
- Have an excellent comprehension of texts;
- Love reading for pleasure and discuss a range of authors and different text types;
- Enjoy using books for research and study;
- Build up core knowledge through having read a rich and varied range of texts.
From the minute children enter Langford they will be immersed in books and encouraged to develop a love of reading. Phonetic knowledge is developed through structured daily lessons in EYFS and KS1 which allows children to apply their phonic knowledge and skills as the route to decode words.
As they develop as confident, fluent readers, children develop comprehension skills through our reciprocal reading model of guided reading. This allows children to summarise the key events of what they have read; predict details about what may happen in the text; identify key vocabulary and how it has an effect on the reader and ask questions about both the author’s intent and the content of the text. Children refer to this process as reading with SPIQ.
By the time children leave Langford they are competent readers who can recommend books to their peers, have a thirst for reading a range of genres including poetry and participate in discussions about books including evaluating an author’s use of language and the impact this can have on the reader.
Every classroom has a warm and inviting book corner where children are introduced to a range of different authors and genres. We have a wonderful school library with a huge selection of different books and each team visits it at least once a week.
At Langford we endeavour to create a love for literacy. We want every child to leave Langford with the skills of an excellent writer who:
Has the ability to write with fluency and has an author’s voice;
- Thinks about the impact they want their writing to have on the reader and knows how they will achieve this;
- Has a sophisticated bank of vocabulary and an excellent knowledge of writing techniques to extend details or description;
- Can structure and organise their writing to suit the genre they are writing and include a variety of sentence structures;
- Displays excellent transcription skills that ensure their writing is well presented, punctuated, spelled correctly and neat;
- Re-reads, edits and improves their writing so every piece of writing they produce is to the best of their ability and better than the last.
Throughout their time at Langford, children develop their skills by exploring a whole range of different genres. It is important to note that we not only develop a real enjoyment of writing in English lessons but in all subjects across the curriculum. We expect the highest standards of writing every time a child writes in any subject.
Some of the genres the children will experience can be seen in the table below:
TYPES OF NARRATIVE