Reading, writing, speaking and listening are probably the most important skills we learn as children. At St Leonard's we see children progress from writing their first words and learning letter sounds in Reception to producing some truly inspired pieces of work by the time they reach year 6.
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At St Leonards we teach and encourage reading in lots of different ways. Across the school we use a scheme called Bug Club. This reading programme is the first whole-school reading programme that joins books with an online reading world to teach today's children to read. The children read in groups with the class teacher each week and then they go home to complete online activities based around the book. They collect books online and can go back and re-read books they have enjoyed.
In the infants the children are taught phonics daily. They take part in active lessons based around a sound to help develop their reading skills. They learn to apply sounds to both real words and nonsense words to show they have a thorough understanding of certain sounds. We follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme which starts by teaching initial letter sounds and progresses to digraphs and trigraphs. This programme teaches Phonics in phases from phase 1-6.
In the juniors the children continue to focus on spellings they have learned in the infants and then move onto learning more about grammar and punctuation. They are taught grammatical ways of reading and writing through their English lessons and some discrete grammar lessons.