We believe Literacy is of paramount importance as it underpins all other areas of the curriculum. The children are provided with a wide range of quality experiences in reading, writing and speaking and listening to enable them to become adept communicators.
Pupils have a daily English session each morning. Spelling, grammar, handwriting and punctuation are taught in English lessons and embedded across the curriculum. Pupils in Reception and Year 1 and some pupils in Year 2 have daily phonics as part of this in differentiated groups using the 'Read, Write Inc' scheme. English work focuses on a class text each half term, through the Power of Reading scheme, which they read together and which inspires a wide range of fiction and non-fiction writing, poetry, debate, drama and artwork. Texts include Handa's Surprise, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and Rooftoppers.
We promote an enjoyment and love of books by having reading areas in each classroom, with books regularly updated by the Calderdale library loan scheme. Two Year 6 pupils act as librarians, organising the library, recommending books and giving pupils the opportunity to borrow books for home each week. Pupils learn to read with a wide variety of books including the Rigby Stars and Oxford Reading Tree schemes, moving on to the Oxford Reading Tree guided reading books in Key Stage 2.
We encourage the development of speaking and listening through drama and role-play activities, with opportunities for debating activities and performing in class assemblies, nativity concerts and our end of year production.
Pupils are not restricted in their reading and we have a wide range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry books in our library. More able readers take part in the Calderdale World Book Day Quiz and the Calderdale Book of the Year event, where they read 8 shortlisted books, give their feedback to the authors, take part in activity sessions and then vote for their favourite! As a through school we also have access to the High School Library for enrichment and challenge at Key Stage 2 and we are currently working together to develop buddy readers and joint events together to promote a love of reading!