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Foundation Stage

Pre-School and Reception children follow a specific curriculum that is different to the other children at school. This is because children in their early years have specific, different and unique developmental and eduactional needs to that of older children. Their development and learning is guided by the Early Years Foundation Stage framework

http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2014/08/EYFS_Parents_Guide-amended.pdf

For further information and understanding about your child’s Early Years development and education here at St Peters School, please see our Early Years Policy.

Please see our Early Years Policy.

 

Reading and Phonics

Here at St Peters we passionately believe that, every individual child should be provided with a richly stimulating environment in order for them to develop a live long love of reading and writing. One of the ways in which we do this is our investment into the Ruth Miskin Read Write Inc system. This is a highly effective literacy programme for 4 to 7 year-olds learning to read and write and for 7 and 8 year-olds needing to catch up quickly. 

The aim is to enable all children to learn to read confidently and fluently from an early age. We also use it to support older children new to reading English and those who struggle with reading.

Staff here at St Peters School has been trained together in this literacy programme to enable them to be confident and component in delivering highly effective lessons, which are both systematic and lively and meet the learning needs of our children.

The children write for an hour a day, grouped according to their reading level. By using trained Teaching Assistants to lead certain groups we are able to teach in smaller groups than usual class sizes. This means that the level of reading can be tailored to suit the needs of the children effectively. The aim is that they move through the reading levels in the programme as quickly as possible and move into reading books of their own choice as soon as they are able. The learning of sounds for reading is linked closely to the writing of those sounds and this is taught alongside the phonics each day.

http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/parents/

 

Ways you can support your children at home: other things to do at home

Turn off the TV so you can listen to and talk to your child.
Read every day to your child.
Set up a place where your child can experiment with mark making both outside and inside using gloop, paint, pens, stamps, and stencils onto a variety of surfaces such as paper, cardboard and material.
Collect a variety of pencils and pens, and keep them handy for your child.
Create a special writing bag to keep little writing tools in for travelling in the car or visiting places. Change the contents regularly.

 

Ways you can support your children at home: what to do if your child is reluctant to read or write at home

Reading

Make sure your child sees you reading.
Read to your child. Show you like the book. Bring stories to life by using loud/soft/scary voices.
Spread books around your house for your child to read.
Let your child choose what they would like to read – books, comics, catalogues.
Read favourite books over and over again. Enjoy!

 

Writing

Make sure your child sees you writing.
Compose an email together inviting a friend over to tea.
Make words together using magnetic letters.
Make up a story together about one of their toys. You write for them, repeating the sentences as you write. When complete they can draw pictures to go with it.
Buy stickers of a favourite film or TV programme – and make a book about it.

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