At Arthur Bugler Primary School, we believe that learning to read, write and communicate effectively underpins all learning. Teachers plan highly engaging reading and writing lessons every day in school using the resources from The Literacy Tree. These lessons are well sequenced and progressive ensuring coverage of the National Curriculum. We know how important early reading is and have selected the systematic sythetic phonics programme called Monster Phonics which supports early reading and spelling development. A
Monster Phonics is a DFE validated Systematic Synthetic Phonics programme. It is both fun and engaging, perfect for helping children to learn to read and spell words.
Monster Phonics makes learning to read and spell easier through a progressive and sequenced approach where the 44 sounds in the English language are categorised into 10 categories with each being represented by a Monster. Monster Phonics is unique in its approach because it uses colour coding to support learning. Each Monster is a different colour, with the grapheme they represent also written in the corresponding colour in all of the Monster Phonics resources. This dual coding enables children to more easily secure grapheme to phoneme correspondence.
Monster Phonics lessons are taught whole class daily in EYFS and KS1. The children are progressively introduced to graphemes and learn to apply these for reading and spelling through a range of engaging stories, games, songs and activities. Children practice their reading using Monster Phonics books both at home and at school that closely match the grapheme they are learning. Consistency is crucial, so each year group has a consistent approach and use the same familiar resources. We include regular repetition and recall opportunities to support children to retain the graphemes in their long term memory. Where children need some help to secure the graphemes, additional keep up sessions are planned.
As children move into KS2 some children continue to use Monster Phonics to support them on their journey to becoming a fluent reader. All classes continue to use the Monster Phonics resources to aid spelling lessons and apply these to the spelling patterns they are learning.
Meet the Monsters
Meet the Monster Phonics Monsters and learn about the graphemes that each Monster represents.
A major focus at Arthur Bugler Primary School is on grammatically accurate and fluent writing. Teachers model the writing and planning process through shared writing sessions where ideas are collected and developed. Children work in individually, or in pairs, to write narrative and non-narrative texts.
Grammar and punctuation are contextually taught within Literacy. Objectives taught within Literacy are used to develop writing across the curriculum. Word processing, combining text and graphics, is developed using computer programs such as Word and Publisher where possible.
There are often exciting Literacy events throughout the year, where everyone can enjoy reading and writing together. They are exciting events for all children and staff.
All our children have daily Literacy lessons. This includes reading, writing, spelling and grammar teaching. There are daily opportunities to practice and enjoy reading at Arthur Bugler including in our structured reading lessons. Reading occurs at other times of the day too, for example in whole class sessions where exciting stories are shared with the children. We strongly promote reading and writing across the curriculum so that children have a sense of purpose and can apply their learning.
Our Parent and Family Literacy Workshops
Please see our School Calendar for dates of our parent and family workshops and termly events that are designed to enable support at home.
If you have any questions about Literacy at Arthur Bugler Primary School, please do speak to your class teacher.
At Arthur Bugler Primary School, we are a reading school. Reading underpins all areas of the curriculum and it is essential, to us, that children are taught the skills to move them from early readers to proficient readers, developing their love of the written word and extending their understanding of vocabulary. We ensure that all children are given the opportunity to explore a range of genres, across different themes which will enable them to extend their understanding of experiences, outside of their own.
Every teacher acts as a role model to the children at Arthur Bugler, supporting children to explore a range of authors and highlighting similarities and difference between texts, authors and genres. On a daily basis, children hear carefully chosen stories in their class novels or beloved books, developing their understanding of language and themes in writing. Children have weekly reading assemblies which share thematic texts, deliver author information and provide background knowledge about texts that are shared.
Our reading scheme has been carefully developed to look at progression through different texts and to ensure that children can access books which meet their knowledge and understanding of phonics. Children are assessed regularly throughout the school year to ensure that the books that they are accessing, link directly to their reading ability. Their reading is recorded onto our online reading records which can be added to by both parents and teachers.
For us, at Arthur Bugler Primary School, reading is not a subject that is simply taught at school. It is a life skill. We work alongside our community, using our parents and carers as partners in the process of supporting children’s reading development. Parents have access to workshops at different key stages, half termly newsletters and are given documents which provide them with suggestions to use when reading at home.
We teach all our children to become effective communicators, working with them on their speaking skills in a range of contexts so that they can express themselves with clarity and confidence. Our staff value the importance of speech and language development. Children are supported to articulate clearly, with close attention to accurate grammar and pronunciation in speech, at all times of the school day.
We take great pride in presentation and see handwriting as a vital component of Literacy. All staff promotes good practice in handwriting. Our aim is for all pupils to have developed an automatic, joined style by the time they enter Key Stage 2.
At Arthur Bugler, grammar teaching is a core element of our Literacy curriculum. There is a range of compelling evidence to support the teaching of modern grammar for writing, summarised in a report by The Exeter Grammar for Writing Project, December 2010. The characteristics of spoken language are very different from written language. Writing needs to be more concise and explicit, whereas spoken language often relies on context, facial expression, intonation and pause and gesture to convey meaning and create effect. As part of grammar study, it is important that children learn the conventions of Standard English so that they can adopt an appropriate level of formality in their writing appropriate to audience and purpose.