Everybody has Literacy lessons four times a week. Our lessons are always based around something we read together. This might be a story book, a novel, a piece of information or poetry. We do lots of talking about what we have read. Sometimes we pretend that we are the people in the text and act out what they did or might do. We talk about how they feel, how the texts make us feel and how clever authors make us think in different ways.
We love reading and can have several books on the go at once! We all have reading books which we can choose and take home to read independently; we have guided reading books which we discuss with our teachers in small groups in class; books which we might read to help us research our topics and other areas of the curriculum; and class story books! Our classrooms are full of lots of different things to read – fiction and non-fiction, poetry books, newspapers, magazines, games, puzzles and lots of other things.
Once a week, everybody in KS1 and 2 does Big Writing. This gives us chance to show our teachers what amazing writers we are. We start with lots of fun games helping us to improve our Vocabulary, Conjunctions, Openers and Punctuation. We do lots of talking and sharing with partners, writing silly sentences and finding out about new words. When we’ve had a little break, we come back into our classroom which has been transformed. The lights are off, the blinds are down and calming candles flicker on our tables. Soft music is playing which helps us to focus on our independent writing which we do for between 20 and 45 minutes.
In Nursery and Reception, we do Big Talk every week. We are given a topic to talk about at home and then talk about it in our small groups in class. It really helps us to talk to our friends, listen to what they are saying and take turns.
As well as Literacy lessons, we have Letters and Sounds and Spelling sessions. Here, we learn about making, reading and writing sounds and letter strings. It helps us to find out about words and where they come from too.