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Literacy and Phonics

As a Talk for Writing school, all children learn to write through Talk for Writing. Talk for Writing was developed by the author Pie Corbett. It is a fun, creative yet also rigorous approach to develop writers.


Talk for Writing starts with enjoying and sharing stories. Throughout the school, we place a strong emphasis on children reading stories and enjoying a range of literature. Through regular reading, we want children to build up an extensive and rich vocabulary for use in their own writing.


During the initial 'imitation' stage of Talk for Writing, children learn to tell a story off by heart. They retell a text with expression and actions and make use of a story map to support their retelling. Once the story is learnt, children are encouraged to adapt it. At the 'innovation' stage, children make the story their own, for example, by changing the character or setting. Finally, at the 'invention stage, children write or tell their own text independently.


This term we will be learning all about recounts. We will be writing about what we did in the half term and our recount of our trip to the zoo. 


Phonics Information


Here at Stenson Fields Community Primary school, we are starting to follow a new scheme this year called Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised. This is what we will follow to teach phonics to your children. This will be starting after half term and will continue until the end of Year one.


Here is the link you can use to find lots of information and videos to help you to help your children at home. We know it can be difficult to understand how we approach phonics at school, so hopefully this link will make things a little bit clearer - and it's all in one place!


If you are unsure about any of it, please come and speak to one of the Foundation Stage team and we will do our very best to help you. Consistency in the way we approach phonics at school and at home is the best way to help our children become confident and capable readers.


Songs to help us learn:

Fun Online Games: