We place a high priority on children acquiring a secure knowledge and understanding of the phonics system and being able to use and apply this in their reading and writing, and indeed all other aspects of their daily life.
From Reception to Year 2, we use the scheme Letters and Sounds to teach Daily Synthetic Phonics and this is aided by the use of the Phonics Play resources. We use lots of other resources throughout the discrete teaching sessions and in daily provision to support children's acquisition of phonics. We use the Big Cats Phonics for Letters and Sounds fully decodeable books to support phonics teaching and learning.
Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (GPS)
Why is Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling so important?
Punctuation can change the meaning of a sentence greatly.
We need to use Standard English to communicate effectively. Using incorrect punctuation, grammar and spelling can change the meaning of sentences, whether spoken or written.
Children need to use accurate GPS to progress in life and build careers.
What does the National Curriculum say about GPS?
Reading is divided into two parts, word reading and comprehension.
GPS is featured in the comprehension part, as it is related to understanding of texts and reading as a whole.
Writing is divided into two parts, transcription (spelling and handwriting) and composition, (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing).
“Pupils should be taught to use the elements of spelling, grammar, punctuation and ‘language about language’ listed.”
“Throughout the programmes of study, teachers should teach pupils the vocabulary they need to discuss their reading, writing and spoken language. It is important that pupils learn the correct grammatical terms in English and that these terms are integrated within teaching.”