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Reading, Spelling and Handwriting

Reading

 

At Rotherfield Primary School, we use Oxford Reading Tree and Big Cat Collins , as our primary reading schemes. We also use a range of other schemes to support our pupils’ learning.

In Reception and Year 1 the children follow the Speedy Sounds phonics scheme. From year 2 onwards we use the No Nonsense spelling scheme. Each class has 20 minutes of phonics or spelling lessons a day.  

Spelling

The video below show some examples of different spelling activities you might like to use at home to help your children learn their spellings.

 

Writing

 

We have introduced cursive (joined-up) writing to all pupils, starting from Reception. Cursive writing is recommended by the British Dyslexia Association. Reasons for starting with cursive:

 

  • Children who first learn to write printed letter, will then need to adapt to joined-up writing.
  • There is also evidence to suggest that writing can be learned more quickly and easily with cursive, as the first letters start at the same point.
  • Children also learn the flowing movement of the pencil from the outset.