At St.Cleopas, English is taught in accordance with the National Curriculum and the National Literacy Strategy. A dedicated time is set for reading, writing, speaking and listening and these skills are then reinforced through all other curriculum subjects.
Children are encouraged to develop an enthusiasm and love for books through the use of regular story time, reading buddies and access to the new school library – this is being developed along the children’s designs in our new wing.
Our aim is to enable our children to become confident in their use of language and to have effective literacy and communication skills which will ensure they are able to participate fully as adults in the community.
Phonics is an important part of learning to read, write and spell. Phonics sessions are held each day in the age groups of Nursery through to Year 2. We use the programmes of Letters and Sounds with additional support from Jolly Phonics.
We also recognise that some children find it difficult to learn to read in this way. We support children who do not attain the Year 1 Phonics level in Years 2, 3 and 4 with additional Booster Sessions.
Where additional needs have been identified, the children work with a specialist teacher, Higher Level Teaching Assistant or Learning Support Assistant through intervention programmes. These are Toe by Toe, Spelling Made Easy and Project Code X. Please talk to the teacher about any worries or concerns you have about your child's reading - it is one of life's great pleasures!