Overview of Curriculum Subjects: Literacy

Overview of Curriculum Subjects
Phonics: We teach phonics through Read Write Inc (RWI). This is a systematic scheme for the teaching of phonics. Children learn sets of sounds and, when ready, bring home books that they can decode with their growing phonics knowledge. For more information on RWI, please see the resources and link below.
Spelling: children learn spellings through RWI and through individual literacy lessons. From Year 2 onwards, spellings and spelling strategies are also taught through Read Write Inc spelling. In each class, children also have non-negotiable spellings that we focus on. Children will also learn the specific spellings for their Year group (see resource below).
Language & Communication (including vocabulary): Delayed language skills lead to under-performance later in life. The quicker we intervene to support language and communication, the more effect our support can be. We use WellComm in Preschool and Reception as a screening tool to  quickly and easily identify children needing extra support with language and communication. Reception also use "I can problem solve" to support children's problem solving vocabulary. Throughout the school, we focus on the teaching of key vocabulary.
Reading: Through RWI, we teach our children to read. There are reading for pleasure books that the children can take home to share with their parents while they are learning to read. At Frome Valley First School, we also focus on comprehension and have guided and whole class reading sessions where children will discuss the book together.