At Lyminster Primary School, we recognise how vital it is that our pupils leave us as confident writers and readers. We promote high standards of language and literacy and aim to equip children with a strong command of spoken and written language, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.
We want children to read easily, fluently and with good understanding; develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information; and appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage, including fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
Children start by accessing our reading schemes (Oxford Reading Tree and Collins Big Cat), which have been carefully selected and expanded to provide children with a love of reading as well as opportunities for reading interesting and engaging fiction and non-fiction texts. The scheme is ordered into coloured ‘Book Bands’ which are monitored regularly so that children are constantly exposed to texts that are matched to their exact reading level. The scheme takes them through from early exploration of stories to fluent, confident readers. Once children can read fluently with good comprehension, they are encouraged to select their own reading material from school or home, developing and discussing their personal preferences for authors, genres or writing styles.
This following video is about the importance of reading with your child every day and the impacts if you don't: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Orb6xXPPBKo
Phonics is taught daily from the start of Reception to Year 2 and beyond: children begin to learn the relationship between the sounds they speak and the words they read and write through a programme called Read, Write Inc. Here is a link to the Ruth Miskin website explaining more about how the scheme works: https://ruthmiskin.com/en/programmes/phonics/
For correct pronunciation of sounds, please follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-eTO8L3t40
If children are still not confident with their phonics by the end of Year 2, they take part in catch up sessions called "Fresh Start", a brief outline of which can be found by following this link: https://ruthmiskin.com/en/programmes/fresh-start/
Read Write Inc Spelling
Once children finish with Read Write Inc Phonics, they move on to Read Write Inc Spelling, a stand-alone programme for children in Years 2 to Years 6 specially created to meet the demands of the new national curriculum. Here is a link explaining more: https://ruthmiskin.com/en/programmes/spelling/
At Lyminster, we believe that quality writing is best developed through:
- The use of creative approaches that build imagination and give time for oral rehearsal;
- Exposing children to quality texts, including visual and digital;
- Reading aloud quality literature, in order to model rich vocabulary and a range of writing styles;
- Using shared and guided work to model the craft of writing;
- Embedding the teaching of phonics, grammar and spelling within the writing journey;
- Providing time for child to plan, edit and share their ideas, and to receive and respond to effective feedback from adults and their peers;
- Providing meaningful opportunities for children to write for real purposes and audiences;
- The celebration of effort and achievement.
Handwriting at Lyminster Primary School
A consistent, whole school approach to a cursive style of handwriting has been adopted at Lyminster. Handwriting is taught and highlighted through a combination of focused sessions, phonics lessons, English lessons and the wider curriculum. Teachers and support staff model exemplary handwriting across the curriculum where appropriate, although children continue to be exposed to a range of writing styles and fonts when reading texts and around the classroom and the school environment. We aim to make handwriting an automatic process that does not interfere with creative and mental thinking. Children in Reception and Year 1 are taught the correct formation of the cursive style of letters (upper and lower case) and digits (0 – 9) as they become developmentally ready, and are encouraged to write in a pre-cursive style.
We use Letter-join as the basis of our handwriting policy and cover all the requirements of the 2014 National Curriculum. As a catalyst to speedy handwriting, we encourage parents and carers to practice handwriting at home and provide free access to the Home Edition of Letter-join, please click here to view the Letter-join page. Our username and password may be obtained from the school office or from your child’s class teacher.
Children are encouraged to take pride in the presentation of their work. Our aim is to help pupils enjoy learning and developing their handwriting with a sense of achievement and satisfaction. Examples of good practice and progress across all age groups are celebrated weekly as part of our Celebration Assembly and displayed half-termly on our Handwriting Heroes display.
Please see our Handwriting Policy for further information.