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Literacy

At Daubeney we are committed to raising standards in Literacy and follow the National Curriculum in order maintain accurate coverage across the year. In order to maximise opportunities to develop literacy skills, we make cross curricular links wherever possible.

In Early Years we follow the Early Years Curriculum to ensure continuity and progression from the Foundation Stage through to the National Curriculum.

Oracy

Oracy permeates the entire curriculum. Interactive teaching strategies are used to engage all pupils in pupil talk and discussion throughout lessons. Students are encouraged to develop effective communication skills in readiness for later life and further development of their reading and writing skills.

Approaches to Speaking and Listening:

  • Group discussions and reporting back to the class
  • Talk partners
  • Whole class discussion
  • Circle time
  • Role play
  • Presentations and speeches 
  • Assemblies

Reading

At Daubeney, we ensure that our children are taught to read with fluency, stamina, accuracy and understanding through a variety of discreet and cross-curricular learning opportunities. All children experience reading a wide and varied selection of fiction and non-fiction genres appropriate for their age and ability. We have a range of approaches and strategies to develop children’s reading skills and love of reading. These includes:

Phonics: We teach phonics through the Letters and Sounds programme from Nursery to Year 2. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills as well as preparing children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills.

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Shared Reading: Opportunities are provided in literacy lessons for children to read and respond to a quality text linked to their topic or writing genre.

Daily Supported Reading (DSR): This programme provides children in KS1 with a daily adult-led reading lesson. It ensures that children become fluent and independent readers. The programme develops children’s decoding, word reading and understanding of language.

Daubeney Loves Reading (DLR): Children in KS2 develop their stamina, fluency and comprehension skills through a combination of whole class and independent reading. They complete short tasks linked to the reading skills and weekly comprehension activities. They will read an appropriately levelled book independently and have regular opportunities to read 1:1 with an adult.

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Home Reading: Children are expected to spend at least 10-20 minutes a day reading at home with an adult with comments recorded into their reading records. Children must bring in their books and reading records every day. Research shows that this is the single most important thing parents can do to help their child’s education.

Reception, Year 1 & 2 – change every week (1 at level, 1 above, 1 free choice)
Year 3 & 4 – change every week (1 at level, 1 free choice)
Year 5 & 6 - change independently as and when they finish their book.

Writing

In order to teach writing we follow the National Curriculum to teach writing, spelling and grammar. All children at Daubeney experience a range of writing activities including both fiction and non fiction writing. They are given opportunities to check and improve and publish writing in order to aid their progression and meet national expectations. To develop writing we use the following approaches:

Each child will produce one piece of extensive high quality writing and one shorter piece each half term. The writing activities are related to quality texts and stimuli or the cross curricular topic to give the writing purpose and context. The main genres are narrative, poetry, reports, letters and persuasive arguments.

Grammar: Children in Year 1- 6 are taught grammar through discrete sessions based on the National Curriculum expectations for each year group. This teaching is reinforced by applying the grammar rules and punctuation associated which each genre.

Spelling: In Year 1 - 6 spelling is taught following National Curriculum Guidelines. It is taught as a discrete session twice a week and also integrated into literacy and guided writing sessions. Children in Years 2 - 6 are given spelling to practice at home for a weekly spelling test to assess their progress.

Fundamentals of Writing

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

 

Fundamentals of Reading

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

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