At Rackham, high quality literacy is at the heart of our creative curriculum. Literacy unites the important skills of speaking and listening, reading and writing. Our aim is to develop our pupils’ skills in these four areas by providing them with consistently exciting and challenging learning opportunities. We aim for children to be reflective readers, independent writers and confident speakers.
Speaking and Listening
Talk is fundamental to children’s development and we recognise the importance of speaking and listening for learning, and communication. We specifically teach speaking and listening objectives, as well as provide rich opportunities for children to practise these skills in a variety of contexts. At Rackham, drama has become a key way for children to learn how to listen and use language in imaginative ways and express their ideas and feelings.
Competence in reading is the key to independent learning and therefore the teaching of reading is given a high priority by all staff, with access to high quality resources and an extensive range of books, including digital literacy. Success in reading has a direct impact on progress in all areas of the curriculum and is crucial in developing children’s self-esteem, confidence and motivation. At Rackham, we are committed to children reading every day. Every child’s reading is monitored closely. In KS1, we predominantly use the 'Oxford Reading Tree' scheme for individualised book choice and a combination of this, together with, 'Collins Big Cat' and 'Cambridge Reading' schemes for Guided Reading.
Writing is a cross-curricular skill and contexts and purposes for writing are fully embedded in our creative approach. We aim to ensure that all writing experiences are enjoyable, purposeful and come from all areas of the curriculum. To enable this, we use a range of strategies and approaches, such as Talk for Writing and Big Write. Through shared writing, teachers model new skills, discuss types of writing and extend creative ideas. Emphasis is placed upon the process of writing, as well as the finished product. Pupils are taught to improve their writing through redrafting and editing.
We use Letters and Sounds as the basis for our phonics planning but also utilise resources from Jolly Phonics and Early Reading Recovery where necessary.