English in the Early Years Foundation Stage
In EYFS 1 and 2 reading and writing are taught through Literacy, a specific area of learning. The physical development of writing features in the Moving and Handling aspects of Physical Development and Exploring and Using Media and Materials in Expressive Arts and Design. The prime area Communication and Language also plays a key role in supporting the development of the skills needed to underpin effective reading skills.
The EYFS staff use the non statutory guidance The Early Years Outcomes to plan activities and assess children against their age and stage of development. The complete document can be found on the EYFS section of the curriculum section of the school web site.
At Portland our aim is to have a school full of people who enjoy reading. We believe that if a child can read, they can achieve! Therefore a lot of our time is spent teaching reading. From daily phonics in EYFS and year one and two, to Guided Reading and comprehension practice further up the school, we do all we can to immerse the children in the skills needed to become fluent readers. Reading comes into all of the other subjects too, such as in maths problem solving, to using sources in history, to following written instructions in DT.
The New curriculum has offered lots of challenges, but at Portland we have responded with a positive attitude and are enjoying the changes.
We offer extra curricular reading clubs for key stages one and two, which have, so far, been a great success. Our enrichment is also including an International Bedtime Story day (our version of World Book Day!) and an author week, where each class will immerse themselves in the books by a chosen author.
Here at Portland we love reading, and we hope it stays that way.
With the recent changes to the curriculum, we have looked carefully at how to give our children the best start as far as writing is concerned. Using our new 'Wordsmith' scheme,we have ebooks and interactive activities which give the children a great springboard to aid their writing. Each friday, the children undertake the 'Portland Write', where they sit quietly and write an extended piece of writing based on the story of the week. In key stage two, they are also beginning to use their purple pens to become editors of their own work!
Writing also comes into other aspects of the curriculum, and the children write a piece of cross curricular writing each half term, so that their writing has a purpose.
Phonics is taught through daily sessions from EYFS 1 to Year 2. At Portland we use Letters and Sounds to support the teaching of reading and writing through a phonic based approach.