At Newburgh C.E. School we recognise that language is a key building block in child development and we aim to equip each and every child with the literacy skills they need. This will allow them to enjoy reading for knowledge as well as pleasure and enjoyment, and to write with a sense of purpose and audience. We also encourage our children to express themselves effectively and to listen and learn from each other.
All classes have access to our library as well as their own inviting book areas in class. Whole class and guided reading takes place on a regular basis. These sessions include a mixture of teacher led work, follow-up activities, phonics work, independent reading and some time to simply read for pleasure.
Parents of children in our Nursery and Reception are invited to take part in a workshop to learn about how we teach phonics in order for them to support their child at home with their reading. Reading with you child every day hugely improves their reading success and this is something we actively encourage at Newburgh.
Each March we take part in World Book Day celebrations, we also have an annual reading challenge as well as 'Newsburgh News' in which the children can report on their own news.
Through daily lessons, children learn the essentials of English language such as phonics, spelling, grammar, punctuation and sentence construction, together with the skills to help shape and organise texts. However, English is not taught as a discrete lesson, but as part of our creative approach to learning. In this way, learning is fun, memorable and purposeful. Each year group has a different topic for each term and fiction and non-fiction work is linked to this topic area.
At Newburgh, children are taught to listen well, speak clearly, read enthusiastically and write effectively for a wide range of purposes and audiences. Children are supported and encouraged as they learn to express themselves creatively and imaginatively on their way to becoming enthusiastic and independent learners. A variety of reading schemes are used in school. The main schemes are Oxford Reading Tree, Songbirds, Floppy's Phonics and Rigby Star. Phonics is delivered through the 'Letters and Sounds' scheme.
The children are engaged in language development though drama and role play opportunities throughout the year. All children are involved in performances involving speaking and acting to an audience ranging from the Forest School Nativity and reading in church to our productions.