At Studlands Rise we want children to be able to speak and write fluently in order to convey their ideas and emotions with others. We want them to develop a love of the written word. Pupils will be encouraged and supported to read a wide range of texts to develop their own ideas. Through their reading experiences they will develop their skills as a writer, expressing themselves confidently for a range of genres and audiences.
At Studlands Rise First School we believe that a quality Literacy curriculum should develop children’s love of reading, writing and discussion. One of our priorities is helping children read and develop their all-important comprehension skills. We recognise the importance of nurturing a culture where children take pride in their writing, can write clearly and accurately and adapt their language and style for a range of contexts. We want to inspire children to be confident in the art of speaking and listening and who can use discussion to communicate and further their learning. We believe that children need to develop a secure knowledge-base in Literacy, which follows a clear pathway of progression as they advance through the primary curriculum. We believe that a secure basis in literacy skills is crucial to a high quality education and will give our children the tools they need to participate fully as a member of society.
At Studlands Rise First School we use Herts for Learning exemplified planning units as the backbone of our Literacy curriculum. These units are based on quality texts that are inclusive for all, which are mapped out in our key text list. Our lessons include reading, learning grammar, spelling and punctuation skills (as set out in the National Curriculum) and applying these in independent writing. Teachers adapt the units to suit the needs of the children in their class and year group. Children are encouraged to edit and proofread their writing. We place a strong emphasis on speaking and listening skills such as oral rehearsal, vocabulary development and drama. Children think about the audience and purpose for their writing and consider its effectiveness and impact on the reader. Children have frequent opportunities to work in pairs to discuss, plan and uplevel their writing. Teachers plan writing opportunities in subjects across the curriculum and we have the same high expectations of accurate spelling and punctuation for these lessons as we do in Literacy lessons. Teachers meet regularly in year group teams, with support of the Writing Leads, to assess the effectiveness of their teaching and to plan next steps to move on children's learning.
Assessment for Learning is embedded in Literacy lessons and children are active in reviewing the successes in their work and identifying, with support from their teacher, target areas for development to ensure a continuous and individualised approach to improving their work.
At Studlands Rise, we are Readers
A love of writing and an appreciation of its educational, cultural and entertainment values.