Literacy is a fundamental life skill. It develops a child’s ability to communicate effectively – to listen, speak, read and write for a range of purposes. Literacy has a significant impact on people’s life chances. With literacy skills, an individual gains control over their life. Without literacy, life experience is dramatically narrowed and opportunities are lost. This affects not only the individual’s personal success and happiness but also affects their family, the community they live in, and society as a whole.
Staff at Kings Caple Primary Academy work to ensure that all children develop the ability to communicate effectively and that barriers to learning are swiftly identified and steps taken to remove them. Literacy is an integral element of our whole school curriculum. Teachers use creative and purposeful ways to engage pupils in their learning, raising standards and narrowing gaps in attainment.
Teaching at Kings Caple is ‘learning centred.’ This means that the progress of children is at the heart of all that we do. Our literacy teaching is based on speaking and listening, the foundation of successful writing. We follow the ‘Talk for Writing’ approach.
Pupils at Kings Caple have opportunities to share with and hear the ideas of others in each English lesson. Children are taught to plan, edit and reflect on their writing and they are given weekly opportunities to carry out a long piece of purposeful writing for an audience.
Children are encouraged to develop a love of literature through exposure to a wide range of texts.
At Kings Caple we believe that children learn best when:
There are strong links between home and school.
The Phonics Curriculum
Our aim is for the children to be engaged early on in a love of books and reading and develop into fluent readers having secured word recognition skills by the end of key stage one.
At Kings Caple we believe the phonics programme should be systematic, engaging and interactive. The children are encouraged to use their phonics skills across all the curriculum subjects.
Children are introduced to the joy and wonder of books and have daily phonics teaching which uses high quality systematic, synthetic phonics. The literacy learning starts in Early Years when children learn Floppy’s Phonics. The basis of the teaching in reading begins with the phonemes (sounds) associated with particular graphemes (letters) which are pronounced in isolation and then blended together (synthesised).
In Year 1, every child in England takes the Phonics Screening test in June.