At Marlborough Primary School our vision for Literacy is that we follow
‘A speaking and listening approach to progress reading and writing attainment across the curriculum’
Writing at Marlborough Primary School is centred on rich, high-quality texts. Teachers select texts that allow for opportunities to make links and connections with other areas of the curriculum and design tasks and projects with clear audiences and purposes. Pupils use these texts as springboards to learn about other topics and areas whilst simultaneously developing a meaningful understanding of writing process, techniques and conventions.
Pupils work towards producing meaningful outcomes as a result of the learning that they have done. They will draft, revise and edit as part of the writing process before ultimately publishing their final outcome. Opportunities are found wherever possible to share outcomes with the rest of the school community through assemblies, displays, parent events, working with other classes or the use of digital technology.
The school uses several reading schemes including ‘Rigby Star’ and ‘Read, Write, Inc’ to support the teaching of reading across the school. Real books are also used to support the teaching of reading as well.
Guided Reading is reading within a group, supported by an adult. Children take part in a teacher led guided reading session at least once a week. On other days children may read with another adult or complete a reading based activity.
In KS1 all children will read 1:1 with a reading assistant at least once a week. In KS2, children who need extra support with their reading will read 1:1 with a reading intervention assistant once a week. We also work closely with Beanstalk volunteer readers who support particular children. All children are encouraged to develop a passion for reading and opportunities are found to celebrate and share reading whenever possible.
Spelling patterns are taught weekly with follow up activities to embed the learning. Spellings are sent home to learn and tested once a week at school.
Speaking and Listening
Speaking and listening is an integral part of Literacy teaching at Marlborough Primary School. Each Key Stage has its own speaking and listening success criteria which children are aware of and reference during speaking and listening tasks.
At Marlborough we follow the Nelson Handwriting scheme. Handwriting is taught in a stand-alone lesson in KS1 and KS2.
Children learn to split words into sounds (segmenting) and put sounds together to make words (blending). In Foundation Stage and KS1 Phonics is taught daily and children in KS2 who need extra support are taught in small intervention groups.
Children begin to learn the sounds of individual letters in the nursery. In the reception class children learn about individual sounds and the beginning and ends of words and also learn about sounds in the middle of words. This learning continues in Year 1 and 2. Each day the children have a short structured phonics lesson which helps them understand the links between reading and writing. Children learn words which are ‘tricky’ and which are not phonetically regular. The school follows the government programme of phonics teaching.