Communication, Language and Literacy

Communication and Language is a Prime Area and sits alongside Physical Development and PSE as a prime area in the Foundation Stage. We are putting the development of Vocabulary at the front and centre of our improvement plans over the next year. This is because we can see how a poor vocabulary can affect every aspect of a child's life. Our School is a place where children talk, are listened to and have opportunities to develop their communication skills across the board. Our approach towards using "continuous provision" in all year groups, allows children to apply their learning through collaboration and play. This involves a huge amount of communication, negotiation, listening and understanding of other viewpoints. 
We support children with speech and language difficulties through skilled daily interactions and carefully planned interventions. We work closely with Speech and Language therapists to help children to overcome their language barriers. 
At Ladysmith reading is valued in its many forms. All adults play a huge part in developing a love for books and reading and we are always happy to discuss how we can work together with parents to encourage and support children and families to become avid readers together. 
We have added a link below to the Letter and Sounds Programme which we use for the teaching of phonics throughout the Foundation Stage and Key Stage One. Parents are regularly invited to learn more about the way we teach reading and are kept up to date in Foundation with phonic news being shared through "Tapestry".
The teaching of reading uses the reciprocal reading approach, where the teacher models the act of reading using the skills of:
The children then apply these skills to their own reading in as many different situations as possible.
Our reading scheme books are use books from the Oxford Reading Scheme, Rising Stars and Bug Club, the last of which is also available online. Books are carefully chosen and children have access to a range of books to take home that they should be able to decode, understand and discuss. 
We are truly lucky to have the benefit of a re-positioned library, fully accessible and used by all primary children at least weekly. Reading happens everyday, in every class for every child in one form or another. 
Our approach towards writing begins at an early age and stage. In nursery, teachers use "helicopter stories" to engage children in the act of story telling. This is broadened through the foundation stage but continues to have "purpose" at its heart. When children make the link between the act of writing and its primary purpose - that of communication - they become writers. 
If you would like to hear and practice the 42 phonemes (sounds) that we teach in school, then please click on the link below. We use Jolly phonics to support our teaching of the government's Letters and Sounds phonics teaching programme.