Welcome to the Literacy Zone, where we provide parents with information about literacy and the way we teach it in school. Remember to check out Education City too, which contains many interactive activities for the children.
We use various reading schemes in KS1 to enable children to read a range of text styles and types. The main scheme in use is Rigby Star, supplemented by Oxford Reading Tree, Jelly and Bean and Ginn.
We follow the Government's letters and sounds programme using the Bug Club online resources.
We always encourage children to read at home and where appropriate to read to a grown up (as this can help improve their accuracy). Another important aspect of reading is comprehension skills. Whether you listen to your child read or not, talking to them about their book will help increase their understanding. Below are some links to useful questions that you can ask your child.
The government has produced End of Year descriptors for assessing pupils' writing at the end of KS1 and the end of KS2. They describe the standard children should be writing at, when they leave Year 2 and Year 6. Similar statements are not yet available for other groups. The new writing standards emphasise the importance of technical skills: grammar, punctuation spelling and handwriting. Please see the links below.
Support with Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar
In January 2016, we held a parent/carer briefing about Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG). This included information about how we delivered these writing objectives at Talbot Primary School and support for those parents who might have gaps in their own knowledge. If you were unable to attend, the Parent/Carer SPaG Briefing (Jan 2016) is linked here.
Stuck with a tricky piece of terminology?
A good website for explanations and examples about SPaG is "The School Run." Click here to access it then use the search bar for your key phrase, e.g., fronted adverials.
If your child would like to do some extra SPaG homework, the "IXL" website has activities linked to every objective and can be used free of charge (it is also possible to subscribe for a fuller service linked to assessments). Click here to access IXL.