Literacy is taught through our Creative Curriculum at Portland Spencer Academy. The theme for each half-term focusses around a high quality text which remains challenging while still being accessible to all children. Each child is given a copy of the text which is theirs to own and take home.
Children are taught Literacy skills using the objectives set out in the National Curriculum. These are incorporated into each theme and reflect the requirements of the learners in each class. Speaking and listening, reading, writing, phonics and drama are all used to ensure that children meet the requirements of the National Curriculum but also have a range of experiences in Literacy.
Phonics is taught daily across the school and is provided for all children. When a child has been successful with each phase from 1 to 6, they then move on to developing their awareness of 'Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar' often referred to as SPaG. This is also taught on a daily basis.
When a child is in Year 1 (during the month of June), they undertake the 'Phonics screening' assessment to determine if they are working within at least phase 5. A child is expected to achieve 32 out of 40 to 'pass' the assessment. If they do not meet this requirement, they will retake the assessment the following year. All information is submitted to the DfE and you will also receive the relevant information from school.
During Year 6, children must have a SPaG assessment. This happens during the Year 6 SATs period in May.
Children are given the opportunity to read at school on a daily basis. This happens through shared and independent reading of the class text but also through defined reading sessions within classes. Staff at Portland Spencer Academy place a high importance on the children's ability to not only read a text but also to be able to comprehend what they have read including developing the skill of inference.
Each week, we have a reading 'assembly' in which children are able to read with their 'buddy' from another class which allows all children throughout the school to practise their reading skills with their peers.
All children have access to a range of high-quality texts within classrooms which they can choose from and take home.
Children are given opportunity to write on a daily basis in order to develop skills being taught. Writing is very often based 'real-life' purposes and is linked to the objectives set out in the National Curriculum and also to the class text. Handwriting skills are taught and practiced everyday across the school.