An ability to communicate effectively and imaginatively underpins every school subject and indeed every aspect of life in general. Therefore, at our school we believe Literacy to be of vital importance to a child’s education, development and sense of personal fulfilment.
Literacy combines the skills of writing, reading, speaking and listening all held together and connected by an ability and willingness to think creatively and with an increasing amount of complexity and sophistication. For a child to progress in any area of the curriculum, progress in literacy is essential.
In the Foundation stage and Key Stage 1 children begin to develop their communication skills through extensive use of emergent writing and phonics. At MCPA we use the Read Write Inc system of synthetic phonics (please see the drop down menu for more information). This is reinforced by a creative approach involving such techniques as role-play, scribing and drama.
As the children get older, they develop more sophisticated skills and the curriculum becomes more formal and structured. However, the emphasis on creativity and thinking skills is maintained. Throughout the school teaching and learning is accurately targeted to ensure that the needs of each child is met. This is done within the individual classes.