Literacy key stage 1
At Denham Village Infant School reading is of the utmost importance. Our aim is to equip children with the desire as well as the skills to read while instilling a love, appreciation and respect for books. We employ a wide variety of methods appropriate to individual children to enable the development of skills that will make reading a pleasurable activity. Through these acquired reading skills, children develop the ability to read, understand and respond to various types of writing.
Pupils in Year One and Two are encouraged to borrow books from the school library; Year Two pupils also borrow books from the mobile library service, which makes a weekly visit to the school.
In line with the Renewed Primary Framework, all children take part in a daily Literacy Hour.
The children learn to write freely and creatively through careful teaching, encouragement and an exposure to a variety of writing styles. We hope to instil a respect for and a joy in the written word through many different writing experiences.
We teach the children to develop a fluent and legible handwriting style to foster pride in the presentation of their work. (There is a handwriting sheet available to show correct letter formation and starting points.) Speaking and listening are also important skills and children in Years One and Two are able to express themselves in class 'show and tell' sessions, as well as through drama and discussions.