We have four classes, Little Bees and Classes 1, 2 and 3, covering the following...
Speaking and Listening
The children will be encouraged to:
· listen and respond appropriately to adults and their peers
· ask relevant questions to extend their understanding and knowledge
· use relevant strategies to build their vocabulary
· articulate and justify answers, arguments and opinions
· give well-structured descriptions, explanations and narratives for different purposes
· maintain attention and participate actively in conversations, staying on topic
· use spoken language to develop understanding
· speak audibly and fluently with an increasing command of Standard English
· participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play etc.
· gain, maintain and monitor the interest of the listener(s)
· consider and evaluate different viewpoints, attending to and building on the contributions of others
· select and use appropriate registers for effective communication.
Reading and Writing
Our planning is driven by high quality texts by well-established authors. These are the stimulus for our speaking and listening, reading and writing activities. We use texts that will boost the children’s vocabulary and develop their fluency in reading. Children are asked a range of questions to develop their reading skills and understanding of the text.
In the lower classes there is a strong focus on developing communication and language skills where children are encouraged to learn new vocabulary and write simple sentences using capital letters and full stops. Through a structured programme of teaching different punctuation strategies we expect children by the end of Class 3 to be confidently using a range of punctuation including colons, semi-colons, ellipsis, hyphens and bullet points.
We do however constantly recap all the skills children need to be able to write fluently so they can confidently write a range of texts including fiction, instructions, reports, persuasive letters, leaflets, newspaper reports, diaries etc.
Phonics and Spelling
In Little Bees we introduce the sounds of the alphabet with the Jolly Phonics program.
“Jolly Phonics is a fun and child centred approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics. With actions for each of the 42 letter sounds, the multi-sensory method is very motivating for children and teachers, who can see their students achieve.”
Spellings each week in Classes 1,2 and 3 will cover spelling rules from the English national Curriculum.
Vocabulary Grammar and Punctuation
We have developed a two-year rolling programme for each class.
The content of which can be found here..