Literacy at Lawn Primary and Nursery School is subdivided into four categories.
At Lawn Primary school, we develop in our children the ability to have a lifelong enjoyment of books and reading. We build on the interests, personality and different levels of ability each child brings to school. Children follow a progressive phonics programme from the time they start school and the Oxford Reading Tree scheme. Reading is taught and practised individually, in groups or as a whole class and children are given access to a range of stimulating reading materials from their first days at school. All children are expected to read regularly at home, and the close partnership we have with you as parents is vital to the process of learning to read. We celebrate the children’s achievements in reading in many ways, including weekly star reader awards for the children to take home and certificates presented during our celebration assemblies. Every summer we also encourage the children to get “caught”reading in weird and wonderful places and photographs of these are displayed throughout the school.
At Lawn Primary and Nursery School we want to make sure every child is not only skilled at writing but enjoys being creative too. We want our children to be excited about the effect that their writing will have on anyone who reads it. The ability to produce fantastic writing depends on a sound understanding of basic skills and as a school we work hard to develop clear and well formed handwriting, good spelling skills and a sound understanding of punctuation and grammar. Alongside these basic skills we provide our children with a range of experiences and exciting stimuli which will enthuse them and help develop in them a love of writing. Writing at Lawn is celebrated on a regular basis with the presentation of certificates of achievement during our celebration assemblies and examples of different genres such as poems, reports and stories can be found all around the school.
Speaking and Listening
Here at Lawn we teach and encourage children to develop their skills in speaking clearly and confidently in front of others. The children are expected to be able to work well in groups so we cultivate their listening skills through paired discussion across the curriculum. In Key Stage 1 we encourage the children to use clear language to express their feelings and ideas as well as developing their imaginative language for use in their writing. We teach the children how to work collaboratively in groups and the skills needed to listen carefully and actively. Once the children move to Key Stage 2 we build on their existing skills to help them progress in their ability to speak in a range of contexts with increasing sense of audience.
Phonics and Spelling
Phonics is at the heart of learning to read and spell at Lawn. It is about the sounds (phonemes) we make when we talk; we connect (blend) these sounds together when we read words, and split them up (segment) when we write. Children are taught the letter sounds through daily
Phonics lessons beginning when they first start school in the Reception class. At Lawn we use Letters and Sounds and Jolly Phonics schemes.
At first, the children learn the sounds of the letters of the alphabet - there are 31 of these, to include sounds, e.g. ll, ss. Then the children begin to blend sounds together to read small words, e.g. p-a-n. Later, more complex sounds (digraphs/trigraphs) are taught, e.g. aias in 'rain' and 'igh' as in 'high'. As the children progress they learn the different spelling patterns which make up the same sound, e.g. ea/ee/ey.
This structured teaching enables children to acquire a thorough knowledge of letters, spelling patterns and words, and of the phonetic translation of all three. The acquisition of these skills support the children’s development into fluent readers and writers.