EYFS & KS1
In KS1 we use Little Wandle as our phonics scheme.
Your child will choose a book to bring home from our school library. This will be changed once a week. Books should be stored in a school book bag (which can be purchased from the school office). The emphasis should be on enjoying books with your child. Relax and share the story—you may be surprised at how much you both get out of your shared sessions.
We provide a phonics handwriting/reading session for parents every year – do try to attend if you can as this will help you support your child. Book Trust is full of useful information to encourage reading and has age-related book suggestions for regular reading or presents.
From Reception, we use Little Wandle and our School handwriting scheme of Pen Pals to support letter formation from early years. We will concentrate on teaching formation of letters and will first introduce those letters which are formed in a similar way. Please do not teach your child to write in capital letters. When children first start school they only use a capital letter for the beginning of their name. Your child will be learning to write cursively, i.e. learning joined up writing, from Year 2. Research has shown that cursive writing aids spelling later on. It also supports older children when they are writing at length.