At Fulham Primary School Literacy skills are taught throughout the Creative Curriculum in order for children to communicate appropriately and effectively. However, we teach Literacy daily as a discrete subject in the ‘Literacy hour’ from Year 1 to Year 6 following the Primary Literacy Framework, with opportunities for Literacy in the Foundation Stage being incorporated within the child’s day according to principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
The initial teaching of reading is supported using a phonics programme called ‘Read, Write Inc’. This is a synthetic phonics programme which follows the government initiative ‘Letters and Sounds’. The programme is introduced in Nursery and consolidated throughout Key Stage 1. Opportunities are also given during Key Stage 2 using the Read, Write Inc. approach for further consolidation of phonics and some pupils undertake specific intervention programmes if they experience difficulties with reading.
Guided reading is introduced in Key Stage 1. The class teacher works with a group of no more than 6 children to teach the decoding of words and the skills needed for fluent and expressive reading. As the children become fluent readers, the focus for these guided sessions moves towards improving comprehension skills. By Key Stage 2 the children follow a weekly Guided Reading timetable which allows them opportunities for the independent reading of a variety of texts, small group work with the class teacher to boost reading comprehension skills and time to practice these comprehension skills independently.
Some classes use Guided Reading time to visit our school library in small groups with an adult. As well as this, all classes have allocated times to visit the school library where there is a wide range of texts for the children to borrow and take home, some of which are related to their creative curriculum topics.
We are excited to announce the launch of a new project at Fulham Primary School called The Power of Reading. The Power of Reading is taught in Literacy alongside the Primary Literacy Framework. Each class reads a quality text that is linked to their creative curriculum topic. Depending on the length of the text; the class will focus on it for 2-6 weeks. Literacy will then be taught using the text and the children will produce a range of work from book talk and discussion, drama and role-play and writing in different genres.
On a Friday, every class devotes their Literacy hour to the discrete teaching of spelling patterns and rules, grammar and punctuation. Every child is given a list of words to learn as part of their homework on a Friday, they are then tested on these words the following Friday and the results are sent home to parents.
At Fulham Primary school we follow a cursive handwriting scheme where all children are taught and expected to write using joined up handwriting. Handwriting is taught throughout Literacy and all curriculum subjects.
At Fulham Primary School we celebrate books and the pleasure of reading everyday. We also hold an annual Book Week where the theme changes from year to year. Previous themes have included animals, traditional stories and The World of Roald Dahl. We invite guests to perform, tell stories and lead drama workshops. The week is always fun packed and is rounded off with an explosive day of fancy dress and drama. The whole school come together to share their amazing and creative costumes – staff included!
Here is to the list of all books that we read @ Fulham Primary School
so you can purchase them in advance!