Every child takes part in a daily reading session for 30 minutes where they read for pleasure (in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 this also includes their daily phonics sessions). We use Accelerated Reader in Years 2-6 to develop children’s vocabulary and comprehension skills while engaging them with high quality texts suited to their own interest and ability.
For children in Reception and KS1, phonics forms an integral part of how they learn to read. Please see the Phonics page for further information.
We follow the Kinetic Letters approach for handwriting across the school. This allows children to learn through movement and multisensory experiences. It is a physical programme that develops concentration and motor skills whilst learning how to form and join letters correctly.
As a school we also follow the ‘No Nonsense Spelling’ programme. This encourages children to develop a wide range of spelling strategies, that are best suited to their own needs and learning styles, to help them become competent and accurate writers.
You can find out more about the English Curriculum at Ham Dingle by asking your child's class teacher or speaking to our English Curriculum Leaders: Ms Hunt for Key Stage 2 and Mrs Huggins for Key Stage 1
For Phonics and Kinetic Letters Handwriting in Reception (EYFS) please speak to Mrs Matthews.
Here is a video Mrs Matthews has prepared on Kinetic Letters.