At Edlesborough School, we aim to instill in children a lifelong love of Literacy, be it through writing, speaking or reading, for the pleasure of poetry, drama or stories or to discover facts about history, science or sport.
The teaching of Literacy is structured around the New National Curriculum and the Early Learning Goals in the early years. We use a wide range of materials to enhance the delivery of quality first teaching. We also adopt a cross-curricular approach to literacy, which means that opportunities are taken to make meaningful links with other curriculum areas. For example, this could be writing a set of instructions in Design Technology, or writing a diary entry or letter from a particular character in History.
Reading and Writing are carefully assessed and moderated by teachers and their teams, as well as part of whole staff development during INSET. Children in Year 2 and Year 6 undergo national statutory assessments towards the end of the academic year. Children in Year 1 take the statutory Phonics Screening Check.
The findings of the teacher assessments are used to inform planning to help the teaching and learning process. In line with the New Curriculum requirements and the raised expectations that this document requires, teachers assess half termly whether a child is working at, below or is secure at the level expected for their age.