Phonics, SPaG and Guided Reading
We place great emphasis on early reading to ensure all pupils acquire a secure knowledge of phonics and are able to apply this to their reading and writing across the curriculum.
This year, we are taking part in a pilot for a new systematic, synthetic phonics programme: GES Simply Letters and Sounds. This is taught from Reception to Year 2, as well as to any pupils in KS2 who need further support. Pupils in Nursery are taught Phase One from the Letters and Sounds programme.
We have further updated our provision of reading books to ensure they are directly matched to the phonics taught in class. This means the books are decodable. We put great focus on re-reading books in order to develop automaticity, as we aim for all our pupils to be able to read ‘at a glance’.
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG)
Punctuation can change the meaning of a sentence greatly!
We need to use Standard English to communicate effectively. Using incorrect punctuation, grammar and spelling can change the meaning of sentences whether spoken or written.
Children need to use accurate SPAG to progress in life and build careers.
What does the National Curriculum say about SPaG?
Reading is divided into two parts, word reading and comprehension.
SPAG is featured in the comprehension part as it is related to understanding of texts and reading
as a whole.
Writing is divided into two parts, transcription (spelling and handwriting) and composition, (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing).
“Pupils should be taught to use the elements of spelling, grammar, punctuation and ‘language about language’ listed.”
“Throughout the programmes of study, teachers should teach pupils the vocabulary they need to discuss their reading, writing and spoken language. It is important that pupils learn the correct grammatical terms in English and that these terms are integrated within teaching.”