In each level we teach all the different aspects of Literacy: reading, comprehension skills, spelling and phonic work, handwriting, creative writing, writing for different genres, non-fiction work, and research.
Children are introduced to the letters of the alphabet, the sounds they make and how to write them. They begin to use their newly acquired phonic knowledge in simple creative writing. They enjoy stories and rhymes, and begin to learn how to read simple words.
The children are encouraged to express themselves in writing, using their phonic knowledge. They begin to read simple texts and answer questions. They learn spelling patterns and how to use information books.
The writing is more extended and used for different purposes such as reports, stories, letters and lists etc. Some of the different aspects of grammar are introduced, and reading is linked more with comprehension work.
Comprehension work continues, with looking at different types of texts. Correct sentence structure and other grammatical features are important. The children are encouraged in their independent writing of stories, plays, reports and poems.
The focus is on stories that are historical, fantasy, raise issues, from other cultures, play scripts, and poems, both classic and modern. Non-fiction work is developed in reports, articles, instructions and discussion texts.
Comprehension work includes the development of literal, deductive and inference skills. Writing skills are developed through the use of persuasion in a text and being able to refine and edit. The understanding of grammatical components develops, and students are given many opportunities for reading for pleasure.
A wide range of texts, fiction and non-fiction, are used to develop the children’s reading and comprehension skills still further. They develop the ability to research different topics and present the information well. Writing skills are used in a variety of contexts, looking at a range of genres, and writing in a similar style, including autobiographies.