The children in Year 2 have soldiers from the Royal Engineers based come every two weeks to help with their reading. The soldiers read to as well as listen to the pupils in order to raise the profile of reading. The children thoroughly enjoy these sessions as do the soldiers.
Literacy is a core subject which incorporates both Reading and Writing.
Early reading is taught at Burnt Oak through phonics. We use Letters and Sounds to develop the pupils phonetic knowledge and understanding in Foundation and KS1. Children take part in reading activities through guided reading and their Literacy lessons. In KS1 home readers are graded according to Book Bands, however in KS2 the books are separated into stages. It is our expectations at Burnt Oak that children read at least 3 times a week at home.
The skills of writing are taught through daily Literacy lessons, which are then applied to cross curricular writing. Our Literacy lessons are focussed around a text linked to our creative curriculum.
We cover a range of genres throughout the year, revisiting them regularly, in order to reinforce and apply their features.
Children are assessed through sub levelled targets.
These are in the pupils books as well as displayed on the classroom walls. Teachers refer to these during lessons to ensure pupils work towards them and are challenged.
Weekly spelling and SPAG lessons are taught in KS2, with the skills of SPAG being covered through Literacy lessons in KS1.
Through child initiated activities children in FS are encouraged to write as well as during Letters and Sound sessions.
All classes have a Magpie board which is used to collect adventurous vocabulary for children to use in their writing and to stimulate the Learning Environment.
Termly writing assemblies are held in which individual children are awarded for their efforts in writing in front of the school. This writing is then displayed for all to read.
Children will be taught weekly handwriting lessons and are expected to implement legible handwriting in all their writing.