We follow the guidelines set out in the New National Curriculum Framework which focuses on: reading, writing, grammar, spoken language and composition.
At St Leonard's we have a commitment to ensure that all children achieve their full potential, have a positive attitude towards reading and a love of books.
Group guided reading sessions take place within the classrooms setting. They are part of a rich and comprehensive reading programme where the children become acquainted with a wide range of books, such as classic and modern stories, poems, plays and non-fiction texts. A variety of reading schemes are used including Oxford reading tree, Ginn and Rigby star.
Library skills are taught in all classes and the children enjoy making full use of our well stocked library in the foyer of the school.
We believe it is important that children learn to write independently from an early stage. In the early years the teaching of phonics, spelling and handwriting complement this process and help to build up speed and accuracy.
We use the Read Write Inc programme to teach phonics and spelling throughout the school and all children take part in the daily 'phonics' lesson working at 'stage' not 'age'. As the children progress through the school there is greater emphasis on composition, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation.
Through our Creative Curriculum the children are encouraged to write in a variety of styles for a variety of audiences.
We have an extensive range of resources including software for our interactive whiteboards which further enhance the teaching of writing throughout the school. The school follows the Nelson handwriting programmes, teaching cursive style handwriting.
We believe that every child should be able to speak confidently to different people and listen to what others have to say. The children are encouraged to take part in drama activities and group discussions in school and within their community. In each classroom there is a role play area related to their current learning journey.