At Riverside, we provide a language rich environment in which we teach children to use language in both spoken and written forms with accuracy.
Children are encouraged, from an early age, to become independent readers in order to support learning in other subjects. We aim to develop children’s reading skills through daily reading and a wide range of books and resources within school, including the Oxford Reading Tree scheme. Parents are actively encouraged to support their child by reading with them each day.
The teaching of phonics (the reading of letters) begins in EYFS and continues into Key Stage 1 where the children have a daily phonics lesson, helping them to become confident, competent and independent readers and writers. We follow the 'Letters and Sounds' phonics scheme. More information about phonics and how we teach it can be found on our parents tab under parent workshops.
Spelling, punctuation and grammar is vital and is taught across both Key Stages 1 and 2. Children are taught to identify different areas of punctuation and grammar and be able to apply these in their writing. Emphasis is placed on ensuring that children’s writing is engaging and interesting for the reader and that children enjoy writing. The school provides lots of opportunities to write for a purpose and regularly shares examples of good writing across the whole school.
Handwriting is taught throughout the school to develop and support independent, joined writing. To support those for whom writing may be a struggle there are small group interventions and touch typing classes. Children are expected to take pride in their work and therefore we promote a high standard of presentation.
Opportunities for drama and discussion are included to further enhance language development. We aim to develop children’s speaking and listening skills to help support their development into being able to participate fully as a member of society.
We believe that the more children read and become engaged in reading and drama the better their writing and confidence will be. We want to encourage creative, thoughtful and engaging writers and aim to enable all children to be able to express themselves through their writing, and become confident, avid readers.