(including our reading scheme & phonics programme)
At Bottesford Infants we aim to develop the abilities of all children to communicate effectively in speech and writing, to listen with understanding and to become enthusiastic and responsive readers so they can cope with language demands in adult life. We follow the principles set out in the 2014 National Curriculum. Literacy skills are taught on a daily basis in Reception and Key Stage 1. These skills are then applied in cross curriculum learning opportunities.
Our aim is to develop a love of books and to ensure that every child becomes a fluent reader. This is based on a determination that every child will learn to read, together with a step by step approach to teaching reading, writing and spelling systematically through phonics.
Phonics is taught across school for 30 minutes each day. We follow the Read Write Inc Programme developed by Ruth Miskin.
Our approach to teaching phonics is extremely successful as is evident in our Year 1 phonics screening results. In 2014 88% of pupils passed compared to the national average of 74%. In 2015 93% of pupils passed compared to the national average of 77%. In 2016 91% of pupils passed compared to the national average of 81%. In 2017 91% of pupils passed compared to the national of 81.4%.
Each child receives a phonics pack when they start our school. There are lots of fun phonic activities within the pack. Please carry these out with your child each week. There are also a list of common (tricky) words that your child needs to learn. Please use the activities in the pack to help your child learn these words.
Children are supported in their reading by guided reading opportunities in groups, regular reading opportunities with teachers, teaching assistants, students and parent helpers (Please talk to your child's class teacher if you can spare any time for this).
The reading books cover a wide range of reading schemes including many different genre (fiction, non-fiction, play scripts etc.) and are levelled according to the Book Band Scheme to ensure progression in the formative years.
Each week your child will take home three books: Oxford reading tree scheme book; phonics book (linked to the phonemes they have been focussing on) and also a free choice book (this book may be too difficult for your child to read alone but use to improve their comprehension skills).
Children are given practice in writing in the full range of genres with an emphasis placed on the teaching of grammar and punctuation. Wherever possible the teaching of writing is based on the deconstruction of an existing high quality text and then writing is modelled by the teacher (shared writing), prior to the children starting their own writing. Speaking and listening activities are also used to enhance the quality of their writing. Our talk for writing approach ensures the children receive high quality scaffolding whilst developing language before they begin to write.
Speaking and Listening
We offer activities to develop children's skills in speaking and listening. We aim to make children aware of the need to communicate clearly, to listen carefully and then respond appropriately.
Drama is used to enhance the teaching of all aspects of English.
Spelling and Handwriting
The school follows a specific cursive handwriting scheme. Regular practice is given and emphasis is placed in the need to present work that is easy to read and understand.
There are a wide range of tools and resources available on the internet to help your child with the learning. Please use the links below.
Alphabet showing starting point
Alphabet showing letter joins
Fun and interactive games to help children at KS1 with literacy topics
Fun and interactive games to help children with literacy topics.
A BBC Schools website to support 6-7 year olds with English and Maths Skills.
The Magic Key
A BBC website that is aimed at children aged 5-6 years old.
Look, say, cover, type & check spellings - Allows up to ten spellings to be input and then tests you.
Hints & tips to help support your child's reading. With over 100 free eBooks to enjoy with your child.