Watermill School, Turnhurst Road,

Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST6 6JZ

School Tel: (01782) 883737   INSPIRE Tel: (01782) 883777

Executive Headteacher: Mr J May

Literacy

Literacy

Phonics is taught in differentiated ways; we have a formal phonics approach working through letters and sounds. We begin our lessons in a fun way, having sounds to practise and pictures to match. Each child has opportunities to work 1:1 with a staff member to focus on sound formation and individual speech and language targets. We plan and deliver a sensory phonic activity regime, so each sound we cover in class, the children will experience, through play, how that sound is pronounced, which words and objects have that specific sound. E.g. If we were focusing on the letter sound ‘t’ we would have a range of activities related to that sound; train table, teddy bears picnic, songs and rhymes such as Teddy bear, Teddy Bear turn around, short stories, to enhance understanding.

We also access a variety of sensory stories daily, skills on handling books and visits to the school library to share books 1:1 in a quiet environment.

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Literacy

Phonics is taught in differentiated ways; we have a formal phonics approach working through letters and sounds. We begin our lessons in a fun way, having sounds to practise and pictures to match. Each child has opportunities to work 1:1 with a staff member to focus on sound formation and individual speech and language targets. We plan and deliver a sensory phonic activity regime, so each sound we cover in class, the children will experience, through play, how that sound is pronounced, which words and objects have that specific sound. E.g. If we were focusing on the letter sound ‘t’ we would have a range of activities related to that sound; train table, teddy bears picnic, songs and rhymes such as Teddy bear, Teddy Bear turn around, short stories, to enhance understanding.

We also access a variety of sensory stories daily, skills on handling books and visits to the school library to share books 1:1 in a quiet environment.