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’
At Marlborough Primary School we teach writing through Talk4Writing which is designed to improve children’s writing. The children learn to imitate orally, the key language they need for a particular topic before they try reading and analysing it. Through enjoyable activities they rehearse the tone of the language they need to tell the story/text. Then, through shared writing the story/text are improved using the new language that has been learnt. Finally children develop their writing through invention.
Most children complete a piece of BIG writing each week. Children have time to write an extended piece of writing each week and use all their learning from that week to produce a high quality piece of writing. Children complete their writing independently in a calm and peaceful environment.
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 our 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. All children are encouraged to develop a passion for reading.
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 code (expectations) 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.