Literacy overview

At Palm Bay we are passionate about the teaching of Literacy, which underpins all other learning.  We aim for all pupils to be enthusiastic readers and confident verbal and written communicators.  Literacy lessons at Palm Bay are fun and use a variety of written and visual texts to engage and excite the children.  We encourage drama and debate to develop pupils’ oracy, which in turn helps them to be better writers.

In EYFS and Key Stage 1 our main programme for teaching reading and writing is Read Write Inc. (please see our curriculum information on Phonics).  In these year groups, the children also have lots of opportunities to develop their Literacy skills across the curriculum, through role-play, drama and cross-curricular reading and writing.

In Key Stage 2 pupils have a daily Literacy lesson of 1 hour, in which they develop their reading and writing skills through a cross-curricular approach linked to their termly topic.  A wide range of high-quality texts are used to bring these topics to life and pupils learn to write for a purpose and in a variety of genres, both fiction and non-fiction.  Pupils in Key Stage 2 also have a weekly SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) lesson and a daily Guided Reading lesson, where a love of reading is fostered, along with the development of the children’s decoding and comprehension skills.  All children are heard reading by an adult at least once a week.

Across the school, all children have regular, discrete handwriting lessons.  In the Early Years, pupils are taught to form their letters using the rhymes from the Read Write Inc. scheme.  In Year 1 and up, we follow the ‘Letter Join’ programme for teaching handwriting http://www.letterjoin.co.uk/

For more information, please contact Nicola Taylor, our Literacy Leader: nicolataylor@palmbay.org.uk