Being able to read, write and speak fluently is at the heart of learning at Hyde Heath Infant School, enabling children to communicate their ideas and emotions to others.
Spoken language is vitally important across the whole curriculum and it underpins the development of reading and writing. The children’s speaking and listening skills are encouraged through participation in: role play, drama activities and in class, group and peer discussions.
All year groups have a daily phonics lesson following the ‘Letters and Sounds Scheme’ of work and handwriting is taught using the ‘Pen Pals Scheme’. Children are encouraged to write in many genres e.g. narrative, non-fiction and poetry. Children are stimulated to write by using a range of high quality texts, drama, visits and experiences. We provide many writing opportunities across the curriculum.
At Hyde Heath, we aim to foster children’s enjoyment and love of reading, as research has shown that reading is vital for children’s learning across the curriculum. Children have access to a wide range of quality, engaging texts in class and are read to regularly. Reading continues to be taught by use of the decodable books ’Collins Big Cat', supplemented with other schemes or books as required. The children also have a weekly guided reading session. Additionally they are able to use the library and are encouraged to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction texts.