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Literacy & Numeracy

Literacy at ‘The Park’

Children's early experiences of literacy have a major influence on how they continue to learn literacy as they grow older. Children enter early childhood settings and school with a wealth of knowledge and understandings of literacy.

Our pupils have easy access to high quality fiction and non fiction books and many other literacy resources, such as phonic CD’s, alphabet cards, puzzles and games. Children are given their own book bag and can choose a different top quality book to take home to share with their family every day.

The children listen to a big book story daily, encouraging them to interact with the story and appreciate and enjoy from an early age. We demonstrate word and picture recognition and show that words are read from left to right. Those children that are keen are given the opportunity to help the teacher read the book, looking for familiar sounds and later by sounding out simple words phonetically.

In the education room, pupils have access to ‘group reader’s’ reading books whereby small groups of pupils all have a copy of the same book as the teacher. The teacher reads the story to the pupils and they follow the text with their fingers, again emphasizing that words are read from left to right and deciding which is the front an d the back do the book and discussing the pictures as they go whilst learning how to respect the book by turning the pages carefully. This is fun and educational with lots of discussion and laughs along the way and often extended by related games or role play.

Our Early Learning Goals for Literacy are as follows;


We support and encourage our pupils to;

* Interact with others, negotiating plans and activities and taking turns in conversation.

* Enjoy listening to and using spoken and written language, and readily turn to it in their play and learning.

* Sustain attentive listening, responding to what they have heard with relevant comments, questions or actions.

* Listen with enjoyment, and respond to stories, songs and other music, rhymes and poems and make up their own stories, songs, rhymes and poems.

* Extend their vocabulary, exploring the meanings and sounds of new words.

* Speak clearly and audibly with confidence and control and show awareness of the listener.

* Use language to imagine and recreate roles and experiences.

* Use talk to organise, sequence and clarify thinking, ideas, feelings and events.

* Hear and say sounds in words in the order in which they occur.

* Link sounds to letters, naming and sounding the letters of the alphabet.

* Use their phonic knowledge to write simple regular words and make phonetically plausible attempts at more complex words.

* Explore and experiment with sounds, words and texts.

* Retell narratives in the correct sequence, drawing on language patterns of stories.

* Read a range of familiar and common words and simple sentences independently.

* Know that print carries meaning and, in English, is read from left to right and top to bottom.

* Show an understanding of the elements of stories, such as main character, sequence of events and openings, and how information can be found in non-fiction texts to answer questions about where, who, why and how.

* Attempt writing for different purposes, using features of different forms such as lists, stories and instructions.

* Write their own names and other things such as labels and captions, and begin to form simple sentences, sometimes using punctuation.

* Use a pencil and hold it effectively to form recognisable letters, most of which are correctly formed



Numeracy at ‘The Park’

A big part of our curriculum focus’ on Numeracy. Literacy and Numeracy are key life skills and by introducing these skills in an easy and accessible way to children will increase their confidence and make them feel comfortable with numeracy, helping them to begin their every day and primary school life.

Numeracy is a key skill to every child and pupils at ‘The Park’ are provided with opportunities daily to take part in an activity of numerical focus. These activities include all manner of hands on number games, counting skills, number recognition, rhymes, shapes, mathematical language and puzzles.

Both the Big room and Education room give pupils opportunity to learn and improve their numerical key skills.

Our Early Learning goals for Numeracy are as follows;

We support and encourage our pupils to;

* Say and use number names in order in familiar contexts.

* Count reliably up to ten everyday objects.

* Recognise numerals 1 to 9.

* Use developing mathematical ideas and methods to solve practical problems.

* In practical activities and discussion, begin to use the vocabulary involved in adding and subtracting.

* Use language such as 'more' or 'less' to compare two numbers.

* Find one more or one less than a number from one to ten.

* Begin to relate addition to combining two groups of objects and subtraction to 'taking away'.

* Use language such as 'greater', 'smaller', 'heavier' or 'lighter' to compare quantities.

* Talk about, recognise and recreate simple patterns.

* Use language such as 'circle' or 'bigger' to describe the shape and size of solids and flat shapes

* Use everyday words to describe position.