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Reading Scheme level descriptors have been added for your information.

 

At the last Parents Forum we discussed publishing the Reading Scheme Bands, so that parents are clear about the skill progression.  The Level Descriptors have been updated to enable parents to fully understand the skills children need to have mastered in order to move onto the next level. 

The most important thing to bear in mind is that learning to read is a marathon not a sprint.  It is not a competition - children learn at different speeds! 

Children are practising their reading at home, not learning to read: they should be able to read the books relatively fluently.  Books used for teaching in school will be more difficult for them - the next level up. 

The teaching staff use their professional judgement when it comes to moving the children onto the next level.  Parents must bear in mind that what they see at home in terms of their child's reading ability, may not be reflected in class, and although we are always interested in parental views, we will move children on when we see they are ready.

Reading and writing are key elements of the primary curriculum - this page contains useful documents and links that will help parents to help their children to learn.

English Curriculum Evening

Tips for Parents

Some ideas about how you can help your child at home.

Handwriting at The Grove

 

At The Grove Infant and Nursery School we follow the PenPals handwriting scheme. The children are introduced to four main characters which help them to memorise the sequence for writing each letter correctly. The key thing to remember is that all letters start from the top
(apart from d and e).

 

Pattern practice and ‘play’ writing are an important part of handwriting development. Your child will be practicing letter formation in a number of exciting ways: in sand, using paint, in the air, on the interactive television screens and iPads, as well as on paper with a pencil!

 

Numeral formation guide

Click on the links below to find out more about the handwriting scheme we use:

A Summary of English in Year 1

A Summary of English in Year 2

 

Phonics

Phonics are the building blocks of reading and writing, and a fundamental part of the English curriculum.  All children are taught phonics daily: 3 days a week they are split into differenciated groups, and 2 days the teaching is whole class.  This ensures some exposure to a breadth of sounds, and some more focused teaching.

We follow a programme called 'Letters and Sounds', which breaks the learning down into 6 phases.  Information on each phase can be found below. 

A link to a video of clear enunciation of sounds is also below: parents can support teachers by watching this to clarify how sounds should be pronounced!

 

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