At Lakenheath Community Primary School, high quality literacy is at the heart of our creative curriculum. Literacy unites the important skills of speaking and listening, reading and writing. Our aim is to develop our pupils’ skills in these four areas by providing them with consistently exciting and challenging learning opportunities. We aim for children to be reflective readers, independent writers and confident speakers.
Speaking and Listening
Talk is fundamental to children’s development and we recognise the importance of speaking and listening for learning, and communication. We specifically teach speaking and listening objectives, as well as provide rich opportunities for children to practise these skills in a variety of contexts. At Lakenheath Community Primary School drama has become a key way for children to learn how to listen and use language in imaginative ways and express their ideas and feelings.
Competence in reading is the key to independent learning and therefore the teaching of reading is given a high priority by all staff with access to high quality resources and an extensive range of books, including digital literacy. Success in reading has a direct impact on progress in all areas of the curriculum and is crucial in developing children’s self-esteem, confidence and motivation. At Lakenheath, we are committed to children reading every day. If children have been unable to read with an adult at home, our dedicated staff take time during their breaks to read with them the next day.
Writing is a cross-curricular skill and contexts and purposes for writing are fully embedded in our creative approach. We aim to ensure that all writing experiences are enjoyable, purposeful and come from all areas of the curriculum. To enable this we use a range of strategies and approaches, such as talk for writing, VCOP and Big Writing. Through shared writing, teachers model new skills, discuss types of writing and extend creative ideas. Emphasis is placed upon the process of writing as well as the product, and pupils are encouraged and helped to redraft writing where necessary.
We use a variety of planning tools to support our phonics teaching and follow the letters and sounds programme. Our teachers are always thinking of creative and fun ways to engage the children in phonics and we dedicate at least half an hour each day to the teaching and learning of phonics.