English, Phonics & Reading

At Naburn School we believe that literacy is a key entitlement and vital life skill for all children, and aim to give our pupils the best start in life by developing literate, skilled learners, with a love of reading and the ability to express themselves accurately and creatively.

We believe in exploiting opportunities across the curriculum to develop literacy skills, encouraging reading and writing for a purpose wherever possible, and using ‘real life’ situations and the outdoors to engage and inspire our pupils.

We teach daily discreet phonics lessons, differentiated for pupils across both key stages, using the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme and the ‘Flying With Phonics Scheme’. 20161125_155944To develop key skills in reading we use a combination of Phonics Play, Bug Club, Rigby Star and Project X reading books.

Where possible we make pupils aware of and responsible for their own learning, making good use of target setting and assessment for learning, and giving clear feedback both orally and in marking. Our rigorous approach to teaching spelling, punctuation and grammar ensures our pupils have a sounds knowledge of key concepts.

We encourage confident and motivated writers through the use of cross-curricular opportunities. At Naburn we understand the role of neat presentation and handwriting in enabling our pupils to be proud of their writing.

Our pupils take part in regular cursive handwriting sessions from their first year at school, and we especially love our finger aerobics sessions that help to build up the strength and flexibility in our fingers and hands!

You can try finger aerobics at home by clicking here, don’t forget to put on some funky music!