Locks Heath Infant School

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Children are encouraged to read and write, both through listening to others reading and being encouraged to begin to read and write themselves. Children are given a wide range of reading materials to ignite their interest.


We teach reading and writing through a mainly phonetic approach. We begin to teach phonics through Letters and Sounds in the autumn term, the children learn to read the letter sound and to write them in cursive script.


We provide a wide range of high quality resources and our focus is on reading for enjoyment and understanding.


Children are encouraged to write across all areas of the curriculum, and for a range of purposes.


Children practice handwriting skills through a wide range of activities, they are encouraged to use large scale movements in the outdoor area including painting with water and household paintbrushes, and using chalk to trace patterns.


We encourage both parents and children to participate in our home/school shared reading scheme and phonics homework.