Literacy in the Early Years   Foundation Stage

Reading

 

  We use the Oxford Reading Tree scheme

   We use the Rigby Star Reading scheme  

 

Phonics

 

       At Beaumont, we use Letters and Sounds to teach phonics.

Please visit the Letters and Sounds Website to find games and activities to support your child.                                                                                         

                                                                                       

               We use the Jolly Phonics actions        

                                                    

We use Ruth Miskin's Letter Formation images and rhymes to help the children understand the correct way to form a letter.  Please click the PDF link below to see the full chart.

The skills children need to read and write begin at birth. Learning to communicate begins with eye contact, gestures, and vocal noises before developing into verbal exchanges and conversations. Good verbal communication makes it much easier to communicate in writing. Likewise, learning to read begins with recognising differences and similarities in faces, pictures and symbols.

In the EYFS we support children’s writing development by:

  • talking about experiences, feelings, ideas, play, things we have done and are going to do…
  • strengthening our arms and shoulders through climbing, digging, dancing and lots of other activities
  • developing our ‘fine’ motor skills (using fingers) through weaving, threading, manipulating playdoh, using tools such as scissors
  • planned movement and activities to develop muscle tone and vocabulary needed for writing (straight, curved, top, bottom, left, right, loops, circles, angles…)
  • activities to develop the control and pressure needed to use a pencil or pen
  • practising writing letters using correct formation
  • planned phonics activities to develop careful listening, awareness of rhyme and alliteration, letter recognition, identifying the sounds in words (segmenting), putting letters together to form words (blending), and writing practise
  • planned writing activities as a whole class and in groups covering sentence writing, different kinds of writing (labels, lists, invitations, instructions, stories…)
  • opportunities to practise writing skills through continuous provision on a daily basis
  • homework activities

We support reading development by:

  • daily self-registration
  • talking with each other
  • matching games and activities
  • daily reading and story sharing
  • acting stories out in role play and small world games
  • puppets and toys related to stories
  • using words and symbols in our environment, and talking about signs and symbols children see in the environment
  • a wide range of books available in continuous provision
  • phonics sessions (see above)
  • whole class and small group reading activities
  • lending library books for children to share at home
  • sending reading books home to practise, and inviting parents and carers to read a book with their child each morning

At Beaumont Primary Academy we use ‘Jolly Phonics’ to support letter recognition, and ‘Ruth Miskin’ letter formation. We use the ‘Rigby Star’ and ‘Oxford Reading Tree’ schemes, together with a wide range of ‘real’ books to teach reading.

Ways to help at home:

There are lots of things you can do to help your child’s literacy skills from a very early age. You could:

  • play snap and pelmanism
  • complete simple jigsaws and puzzles together
  • encourage your child to spot familiar signs and logos, such as McDonald’s or Asda
  • talk about what you are doing together, and encourage your child to use sentences and appropriate words
  • get your child a library card and borrow books to share together. Children enjoy cuddling up and listening to stories long before they understand the words
  • visit the park and encourage your child to climb, swing and use their shoulders and arms when they play
  • provide crayons and large pieces of paper for your child to make marks, draw and ‘write’
  • play board games (this will help your child with maths and social skills as well as literacy)