Phonics is taught following the 'Letters and Sounds' programme. Year 1 children must take the statutory phonics check in the sumer term. Parents are informed about the outcome of this check.
We have many resources to support reading across the school. All of our books are organised into Book Bands and children choose their own books to read from the appropriate band for their reading level. These include books from several reading schemes as well as a variety of other books. Our children read individually or are taught key skills as a whole class.
The Wooden Hill approach to writing broadly follows Pie Corbett's 'Talk for Writing' model. The process has three key stages which together build confidence and independence.
Each of our writing units is based on a key high quality text or extract. Other texts may be used in addition throughout the unit of work
Stage 1 - imitation- during this stage the children read 'as a reader' then 'as a writer'. They explore the model text fully, becoming immersed in it. The classroom becomes full of words, sentence types and language tools ready for the children to use later in the writing process.
Stage 2- innovation- during this stage the teacher and the children change parts of the model text using their own ideas.
Stage 3- invention- during this stage the children plan and write their own text based on the text type that they have been covering. They experiment with their own writing style and use all that they have learned over the unit to write a final piece of text. They are given opportunities to edit their work and are given feedback from adults and peers. At the end of the unit the piece of work is generally published for an audience.