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A variety of texts and resources are used to develop skills in reading and comprehension, writing, spelling, vocabulary and grammar.

Specialist help for mild learning difficulties is available through the Reading Intervention Programme but we do not have a programme for those with severe learning disabilities. Differentiated instruction meets the needs of the natural range of abilities within each age group.

Speaking and Listening
Students are encouraged to participate in class discussions, work together on projects and take an active part in presentations. Listening skills are developed at all levels through a variety of activities including the reading of stories and subsequent discussions, listening to presentations and synthesising the information and active listening and questioning activities. 

Reading
Our aim is to teach the skills needed for reading, ensure that students understand what they are reading and instill an enjoyment of reading. Techniques to teach reading include the memorisation of sight words, phonics, the use of context and picture clues as well as individual reading practice. Shared, paired and group reading are used to teach the skills of reading. Comprehension exercises, both oral and written, are important, and a variety of texts and resources are used to develop comprehension and vocabulary skills. 

The individual reading programme centres around our excellent Library. Through the STAR Reading Programme, students are able to identify a reading level range, and recommended reading lists to help guide book choices. All classes have timetabled access to the Library. 

Writing
Letter formation is taught with Year 1 and 2 students learning a modified script and with joins being introduced in Year 3. Writing in simple sentences starts in Year 1 and is continued in Year 2.