Throughout the curriculum, our key aims are to ensure our pupils can read well, both for enjoyment and to find out information, and have a strong command of both the written and spoken word. Literacy lessons take place every morning, focussing on reading, composition in both speech and in writing, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation, spelling and handwriting.
Reading is taught in many ways and begins with the teaching of Phonics (the sounds that letters make) and, from Reception to Year 2, Phonics lessons take place every day. You can find out more about our approach on our Phonics page.
Being able to decode text is important but understanding what has been read is more so. Therefore, we provide many opportunities to read with pupils and talk about what has been read. Click here to find out more about Reading.
We work hard to be great writers too and everyone takes great pride in their written work. We focus on writing legibly, fluently and coherently in a range of styles so pupils are able to communicate thoughts with accuracy, imagination, enjoyment and description. While we teach the skills of writing and composition in Literacy and through a strategy called Big Writing, these are developed further throughout the curriculum.
We have adopted the approach that ‘if a child can't say it, a child can’t write it’, therefore oracy is taught throughout our curriculum but particularly developed alongside writing. You can find out more about how we teach oracy and writing on our Big Writing page.
At GHF we set high expectations for all our staff and learners in all aspects of their school life. We believe it is vital that we not only teach children to read and to write with competence and confidence, but that we inspire and stimulate them so that they want to read and write, and so that both activities bring them happiness and fulfilment. All our staff ensure that Literacy is an exciting and creative experience for every pupil.