At OVPA we want to develop the children’s love of reading and we make it a priority of the school that every child hears a story at 2:50 daily. The children sit down to enjoy classic and modern classic literature.
Reading is taught individually in EYFS and through guided reading as the children move through the school. The children have a book banded book in all year groups to take home and the expectation is that they are heard read 5 times a week.
We want to create a love of reading for life so have some wonderful spaces in the school to settle down and read a book including a fiction library in the café area.
At OVPA we follow the 2014 National Curriculum for English. We teach this through text based units drawn from the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education’s ‘Power of Reading’ project.
We also teach discrete SPaG sessions focusing on spelling, punctuation and grammar skills. We believe children need to write across the curriculum so our IPC topics offer the children plenty of opportunity to put their writing skills to good use in all subject areas.
We take huge pride in our work at OVPA and the children work hard on earning a pen license which they are awarded should they reach our high standards for joined legible handwriting.
In all years groups the children have a weekly spelling list to take home and learn. We also have a range of word banks and visual supports used in class to support our children.