St Paul's C of E Primary School

St Pauls Church of England Gloucester

Literacy

At St Paul’s, we ensure that the children have the opportunity to develop and practise their basic skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening through all activities. All of these skills are taught through a class theme which allows the children to use their literacy skills in other areas of the curriculum. This thematic approach enables the children to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and communicate effectively with others.

 

Early Literacy Development

During their first year at school, the children are taught to read and write using phonics. Phonics is a method for teaching reading and writing the English language by developing the ability to hear, identify, and use letter sounds in order. Children are taught all of the letter sounds and use these to segment for spelling and blend together for reading. They are also taught to write simple sentences and are introduced to basic punctuation.

FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT PHONICS AT ST PAUL’S

FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT READING AT ST PAUL’S

 

Literacy lessons

In Literacy lessons the children are taught how to write a wide range of non-fiction texts as well as narratives, poetry and drama. Throughout the school we use a strategy called ‘Talk for Writing’ to teach these. We believe that ‘if you can’t say a sentence, you won’t be able to write it’. Each text type is introduced and then the children learn to recite the text using pictures and actions to aid them. They are then supported to create their own versions of the text.