Deptford Park Primary School

The World in Our School

Literacy

We use a variety of teaching and learning styles in Literacy lessons.       Our principal aim is to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in Literacy.  All children have the opportunity to experience a wide range of texts, in a variety of genre, and use a range of resources including I.C.T.  We plan a range of cross curricular experiences in Literacy so that children become immersed in the Literacy aspect of a range of topics.

In Nursery and Reception we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage, all the children have the opportunity to talk and communicate in a widening range of situations, to respond to adults and to each other, to listen carefully, and to practise and exchange their range of vocabulary and communication skills. They have the opportunity to explore, enjoy, learn about and use words and text in a range of situations. For video guidance on the approach to phonics we use at Deptford Park, please click on the link Articulation of Phonemes.

We use the Letters and Sounds programme that concentrates on developing children’s speaking and listening skills, phonological awareness and oral blending and segmenting. This programme is  part of a broad and rich language curriculum that has speaking and listening at its centre, it links language with physical and practical experiences, and is supported by an environment rich in print and abundant in opportunities to engage with books. To support our children in reading proficiency we primarily use the Rigby reading scheme throughout the school.

We are committed to providing challenging learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the needs of the child. We achieve this through a range of strategies. In lessons this is through differentiated whole class and group work, and in some lessons we ask children to work from the same starting point before moving on to develop their own ideas. In guided reading groups there is clear differentiation, with reading books and activities suited to the needs of the group.

All children in Years 1-6 have a writing target, why not ask you child today about their writing target?

We are often asked by parents and carers for ideas to support Literacy development at home. As well as supporting your child with their Literacy homework, reading everyday and practising spellings, you could also regularly access one of the websites below as they contain many interactive Literacy games.  This page will be updated as we become aware of similar websites that you could use.

http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/
Lots of resources linked to phonics and reading, Ebooks to read together and tips to support your child with reading at home.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/4_11/site/literacy.shtml
Interactive Literacy games for all ages. Topics include phonics, spelling, sentence construction and punctuation.

http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/interactive/

A treasure trove of Literacy resources, click on the Literacy icon and access a huge range of grammar and punctuation activities, interactive stories and links to other interactive Literacy activities.

http://www.poetryarchive.org/childrensarchive/home.do

A great website for introducing your child to poetry, simply type a key word into the search engine and it will generate a range of poems tor you to read together. You will also find an online listening centre on which many of the poems have been uploaded.

http://durham.schooljotter.com/coxhoe/Curriculum+Links/Literacy

Access the Literacy section by clicking Curriculum Links and here you will find many links to fiction and non-fiction resources, sentence level and phonics activities.

http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/freeIndex.htm

A popular website that is linked to the phonics programme we follow in school: Letters and Sounds.