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Phonics and spelling sessions are taught in Foundation Stage and Years 1 and 2 each morning. The children are taught using the Letters and Sounds phonics scheme, supplemented by the Jolly Phonics scheme and Phonics Play games. During these sessions, children learn to recognise and say phonemes (sounds) and learn and write graphemes (letters / combinations of letters) through creative games and activities. The skills learnt in Phonics are an essential tool to help children to blend and segment words and therefore develop their reading and writing. Phonics is continued in KS2 classes where needed.
At St Michael's we aim to develop a love of reading. A variety of reading schemes are used throughout the school such as Oxford Reading Tree, Ginn, Collins Big Cat, Generation X, Phonics Bug and Treetops with a view that children will always be able to find a book that is suitable for them. In the Juniors, there is a wider range of general fiction and non-fiction books available to keep eager readers engaged and satisfied. In addition to set reading books, we have two libraries in school and each classroom has an inviting reading area for children to choose books from and use daily to develop reading for pleasure. Teachers read to their classes on a daily basis from a variety of genres. Comprehension skills and written work are planned around encouraging a love of literature, both printed and online.
All children have access to the online library, Bug Club, each child has their own login.
Writing skills are taught discretely in all year groups and the children are provided with a range of opportunities to apply and transfer these skills across all subjects. Children are given the skills and knowledge to write a range of genres including narrative and non fiction texts.