We have adopted the ‘New Primary National Curriculum’ as published by the government. National Curriculum 2014 promotes high expectations and is in harmony with our existing approach to literacy teaching.

 Click here for the 2014 National Curriculum which we are following for all subjects.

 Our Aim

Through our creative, enthusiastic and focused teaching of literacy we are committed to developing children’s ability to listen, speak, read and write for a wide range of purposes. We aim to develop the necessary skills in children to enable them to express themselves creatively and imaginatively, as they become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama, as well as non-fiction and media texts. In addition to this, we have fostered a creative and supportive climate in which children are able to share their successes and achievements.

 Phonics

We follow ‘Read Write Inc.’ as our progression document for the teaching of synthetic phonics.

Read Write Inc. is a proven and highly successful synthetic phonics programme which Oakhurst has incorporated across the school since 2011.

A phonics screen powerpoint for parents can be found here.

A phonics screening check handout for parents can be found here.

A Phonics glossary can be found here.

 Our Read Write Inc  programme incorporates five key principles that allow our children to develop a love of reading at an early stage.

 ·         Participation – this means all children participate fully in each lesson. Class or group sizes are kept small and children are taught at their appropriate developmental level

·         Praise – a key component, not just in out literacy programme but throughout Oakhurst, where pupils are motivated by the praise they receive from their peers and their teachers and develop their own sense of self-motivation to succeed

·         Pace – a lively pace, keeping all children engaged

·         Purpose- there is a clear purpose and intention to each lesson and what should follow next

·         Passion – it is important to have passionate teachers who want to make a difference in a child’s learning journey

Our Read Write Inc. phonics programme allows every child the potential to succeed as they are taught quickly letter-sound correspondences, how to decode and comprehend what they have read and begin to read with fluency and expression. It is a complete programme that helps develop enthusiasm and passion for reading, developing self-confidence as a reader and as a speaker in front of an audience.

 Click here for a link to the related Ruth Miskin Training page for extra information.

 Reading

When teaching reading we draw material from a range of published schemes such as: Oxford Reading Tree, Project X, Read Write Inc. and Bug Club. Our class reading material and read aloud books are carefully selected from high quality literature written by a wide variety of reputable authors.

Children are provided with a reading book that supports the next steps for their learning as well as a complimentary set of books that can be accessed digitally via bug club.

 Click here to find out more about Reciprocal Reading

 Click here for Bug Club information

 Writing

In September 2013 Oakhurst made the decision to become a ‘Talk for Writing’ school. Talk for Writing enables children to imitate the key language they need for a particular topic orally before they try reading and analysing it. Through fun activities that help them rehearse the tune of the language they need, followed by shared writing to show them how to craft their writing, children are helped to write in the same style.

click here for a link to the ‘Talk for Writing’ website for further information.

 Handwriting

 We believe that helping children to develop a clear and comfortable handwriting style is one of the key components in unlocking individual potential in literacy.

The font that we use throughout school is called ‘Handwriting for Windows’. The font is widely used in primary schools as it promotes a neat and accurate cursive script.