At Ashburnham we aim to provide our children with a high quality literary curriculum which will prepare them for their further education. We ensure that our coverage is in line with the National Curriculum and all our teaching is supported by the use of varied and appropriate texts.
We teach a balance of reading, writing, SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) and handwriting every week.
Reading is taught through the use of shared texts in Literacy lessons and a wide range of text types during Guided Reading. The school uses a variety of reading schemes to teach reading until children become ‘free readers’ and are guided in the selection of appropriate books to read independently. Our aim is to encourage all pupils to leave Ashburnham with a love of reading and the ability to discuss books with confidence and enthusiasm.
In the Foundation Stage and Key Stage One, children follow the guidance and progression of the Primary Literacy strategy of Letters and Sounds, using Read, Write Inc resources. Children are taught through a systematic phonics programme with decoding as the primary strategy.
Writing is taught through a variety of texts and media to help inspire and support children’s progression in writing. Teaching of vocabulary is a primary focus within the school and lessons follow a consistent and progressive structure in order to fulfil all children’s potential.