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Strand on the Green Infant and Nursery SchoolCherish and Inspire Every Child

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At Strand on the Green Infants we believe that it is vital that we not only teach children to read and to write with competence and confidence, but that we inspire and stimulate them so that they want to read and write, and so that both activities bring them happiness and fulfilment.

We encourage the children to express themselves creatively, imaginatively and factually, as they become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama, as well as non-fiction. Every day the children are using their knowledge, skills and understanding in speaking and writing across a range of different situations which are linked to different areas of the curriculum. In our lessons we use a variety of multi–sensory teaching and learning styles which are based in first hand personal and purposeful experiences so children see themselves as writers the moment they enter school. Across the Early Years and KS1 we offer pupils the opportunity to experience a wide range of texts in the classroom and through our school library, as well as participating in English enrichment activities such as drama workshops, theatre productions in school, World Book Day celebrations, author visits, trips and much more!


At Strand on the Green we provide children with reading experiences which aim to inspire and ignite an enquiring mind. Daily independent and guided reading opportunities using the Oxford Reading Tree reading scheme are carefully woven and connected to the different areas of the curriculum enabling children to develop their language skills and curiosity about the world. Reading at home is supplemented by the use of Bug Club, an online resource. Central to our approach of every child being a reader is the teaching of systematic phonics using ‘Letters and Sounds’ in daily phonics sessions across Reception and Year 1. By Year 2 most children are ready to build on this solid foundation of phonics and are taught spelling and grammar through a rigorous and focused program which allows the children to build on previously learnt skills. We see these skills applied in our reading, writing and storytelling sessions.


 Handwriting has an important part in enabling the children to communicate their ideas. Therefore, we teach clear, legible handwriting in Key Stage 1 and the Early Years. In Years 1 and 2 we use the Penpals handwriting scheme, Reception are taught the formation patter within daily phonics sessions which dovetails with the Penpals scheme. By the end of year 2 the children start to join some letters within words together. When needed, the children are expected to use their BEST handwriting e.g. writing up a story for display, creating a leaflet in best handwriting or creating a poster to go up in school.