Reading and Phonics
Reading and writing go hand in hand! We believe that through our creative curriculum we provide children with wide ranging opportunities to write for different purposes and audiences. English teaching comes from a quality core text and we interrogate and explore it in so many different ways. We use our writing to assess progress and understanding in the foundation subjects and the children often answer our Big Questions in their English books. Questions like -“Were the spider and the fly related?” “What is a fossil and how is it formed? or completing a creative task like writing a letter to Disney productions to explain why the Croods isn’t a true representation of the Stone Age. At Cockfield we believe every child is a writer!
At Cockfield we are very proud of our pupil’s handwriting and presentation, we take particular care in our cursive handwriting style.
We use Letter-join’s on-line handwriting resource as the basis of our handwriting policy as it covers all the requirements of the National Curriculum.
Once children have completed the Bug Club phonic programme, they will progress onto learning more complex spelling patterns. We currently focus on teaching strategies to support spelling and this includes the statutory word lists.
Children will get spellings to learn once a week. Spellings are handed out each Monday and children will be tested on these words the following Friday.
Please see attached the statutory word lists for each year group. The lists are a mix of words pupils frequently use in their writing and those which they often misspell.