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Bottesford Infant School

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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 2018 96% of pupils passed compared to the national average of 82.7%. In 2019 94% of pupils passed compared to the national average of 82%.

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 red (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 through guided reading opportunities in groups, library sessions, reading activities, daily Read, Write Inc sessions, 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). Each half term your child will meet with their reading buddy and share their reading books with them, the children are paired up with someone from a different class that they can share their books with. 

The reading books are levelled according to the Read, Write Inc Scheme to ensure progression in the formative years.

Each week your child will take home four books: Oxford reading tree scheme book; phonics book (linked to the phonemes they have been focusing on), Read, Write Inc book and also a library book (this book may be too difficult for your child to read alone and you can share the story together the book will develop your child's 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. Writing is linked to our project based learning and children will write with a real purpose such as a letter home or leaflets created for their exhibition. 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.

Speech & Drama Festival March 2022

Reading Leaders

Reading Buddies - March 2022

Reading Buddies - February 2022

Reading Buddies- Decmber 2021

Reading for Pleasure

Addy Farmer- Author Visit

Reading Buddies April 2019

World Book Day 2019

Speech and Drama Festival Spring 2019

Imagination Library Event

Reading Buddies