The three areas of the national curriculum are taught; speaking and listening, reading and writing. All year groups have a daily phonics lesson. In Year 1, children move onto learning joined up writing. KS1 children are given the opportunity to develop and progress their writing skills through “The Big Write” project. Children are given a weekly topic to discuss with parents first at home and children are encouraged to write down some ideas for a story or piece related to the topic. Children then spend an hour at school writing in silence (accompanied by Mozart music and candles). The Big Write has proved extremely popular with the children and has greatly inspired and improved writing within Years 1 and 2. Children also have a weekly spelling test. Children’s speaking and listening skills are encouraged through participation in class discussions, whole school assemblies (which parents are regularly invited to) and through the annual school play.
Reading continues to be taught by the use of a variety of reading schemes.