The approach is to cover a practical and pictorial introduction to the many elements of literacy, combined with interdisciplinary enrichment. This is carried out through topic work, in the day-to-day lessons and open classroom opportunities. Our experience shows how important stories are to the child’s understanding of literacy and of culture, and of the value of combining art with language.
Children are encouraged to write from early on. They write their own stories, lists, diaries and often form their own writing topics or are directed. They are provided with spelling log books and are encouraged to use them frequently as well as make their own attempts at new words. During creative writing, spelling isn’t emphasised, but is augmented in separate lessons, during subsequent drafts, and in other areas of learning.
Learning reading is not pressured, but supported. Children are provided with a varied array of reading choices, are read and told stories, and have several reading schemes for guides. Children read to each other which both inspires the younger children, but also reinforces their reading. Parents are encouraged to read to their children.