About this curriculum

ESSENTIAL LETTERS AND SOUNDS

Essential Letters and Sounds (ELS) is our chosen Phonics programme. The aim of ELS is‘ Getting all children to read well, quickly’. It teaches children to read by identifying the phonemes (the smallest unit of sound) and graphemes (the written version of the sound) within words and using these to read words.

Children begin learning Phonics at the very beginning of Reception and it is explicitly taught every day during a dedicated slot on the timetable. Children are given the knowledge and the skills to then apply this independently.

Throughout the day, children will use their growing Phonics knowledge to support them in other areas of the curriculum and will have many opportunities to practise their reading. This includes reading 1:1 with a member of staff, with a partner during paired reading and as a class.

Children continue daily Phonics lessons in Year 1 and further through the school as necessary to ensure all children become confident, fluent readers.

We follow the ELS progression and sequence. This allows our children to practise their existing phonic knowledge whilst building their understanding of the ‘code’ of our language GPCs (Grapheme Phoneme Correspondence). As a result, our children can tackle any unfamiliar words that they might discover.

Children experience the joy of books and language whilst rapidly acquiring the skills they need to become fluent independent readers and writers. ELS teaches relevant, useful and ambitious vocabulary to support each child’s journey to becoming fluent and independent readers.

We begin by teaching the single letter sounds before moving to diagraphs such as, ‘sh’ (two letters spelling one sound), trigraphs ‘igh’ (three letters spelling one sound) and quadgraphs ‘eigh’ (four letters spelling one sound).

We teach children to:

  • Decode     (read) by identifying each sound within a word and blending them together     to read fluently
  • Encode     (write) by segmenting each sound to write words accurately.

The structure of ELS lessons allows children to know what is coming next, what they need to do, and how to achieve success. This makes it easier for children to learn the GPCs we are teaching (the alphabetic code) and how to apply this when reading.

ELS is designed on the principle that children should ‘keep up’ rather than ‘catch up’. Since interventions are delivered within the lesson by the teacher, any child who is struggling with the new knowledge can be immediately targeted with appropriate support. Where further support is required, 1:1 interventions are used. These interventions are short, specific and effective.

Supporting Reading at Home

  • Children will only read books that are entirely decodable, this means that they should be able to read these books as they already know the code contained within the book.
  • We only use pure sounds when decoding words (no ‘uh’ after the sound)
  • We want children to practise reading their book 4 times across the week working on these skills:
        Decode – sounding out and blending to read the word.
        Fluency – reading words with less obvious decoding.
        Expression – using intonation and expression to bring the text to life!

We must use pure sounds when we are pronouncing the sounds and supporting children in reading words. If we mispronounce these sounds, we will make reading harder for our children. Please watch the videos sent home from your child's class teacher.

Any books that are not yet decodable for the children will be a 'sharing book'. These books are there for you to read with you child, helping to instil a love of reading from the very beginning of their reading journey. These could be read together with your child reading the words they are able to decode or could be read to your child..

More support for parents and carers can be found here:

https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/reading/reading-schemes-oxford-levels/essential-letters-and-sounds/

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We had great fun in 3BM today making paper mache ‘hats’ which will be the base of our Seawigs!
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3H had lots of messy fun this afternoon in Art, using paper mache to create the base for their 'seawig' inspired hat linked to our English text Oliver and the Seawigs. They are looking forward to decorating these next week.
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English Reading Incentive Update- Summer term 2024. 📚 📖 🤓 Dear parents/carers, Just a quick message to inform you of a slight change regarding the whole school reading incentive. Previously, children won a raffle ticket when they passed a quiz in the top half of their ZPD score. After receiving feedback from staff and children and to make it fairer for children who read longer and higher-level books, children now receive a raffle ticket for every 3 points they receive as long as they have passed the quiz (you will find the number of points on the label on the inside of the book cover). For example, a longer book may take a child 2-3 weeks to complete but they may receive 18 points which would give them 6 tickets. Whereas reading 3 shorter books a week may give you 6 points in total, resulting in 2 tickets. For EYFS and children who are not on the Accelerated Reader programme, class teachers will now be giving each child a raffle ticket if they read 3 times a week at home. Thank you again to the Manadon Vale PTFA who are funding this incentive until the end of this year. Thank you, Miss Harris. Year 6 teacher and English lead.
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Just before the Easter break, Miss Harris carried out the raffle assembly for the whole school reading incentive. The children in this photo won a variety of prizes including lunch with the headteacher with a friend, skip the dinner queue for a week, extra play, chocolate and three children won a trip to Waterstones with Miss Harris to select their own book and enjoy a hot chocolate- funded by the Manadon Vale PTFA! A letter went home for these three winners today. 📚💙😁 Keep up the reading MVPS! This incentive was such a success that it is running again this summer term.
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This year’s event is finally upon us! The children are really looking forward to their run. We will be meeting outside the Hoe Bowling Club (Armada Way, just up past the Crowne Plaza). The children will need to be dropped off here at 10:45 am. Here the children will be registered by staff and pose for pre-race pictures. All the children and staff will leave the meeting point at 11:00 am and walk to the Schools’ Challenge Holding Area. We cannot wait at the meeting point for anyone who is late. There are over 3,000 children taking part this year and all schools must be signed in and at their designated position by 11:30 am. The organisers are very clear in that late arrivals will be denied entrance. Please consider the inevitable traffic delays, road closures and parking difficulties when deciding on a leaving time to arrive at the meeting point. Please ensure that your child has appropriate clothing and footwear according to the weather. The Schools’ Challenge T-shirt must be worn, and their race number must be displayed clearly on the front. Please ensure that on the reverse of the number, all the necessary information has been completed before arriving at the meeting point. If your child is asthmatic and requires using an inhaler, he or she must have it on them. If not, they will not be able to take part as of the rules and regulations set by the race organisers. The Schools’ Challenge race will start at approximately 12:00 pm. Please Note - Only children and registered staff are allowed inside of the School’s Challenge Area. Spectators are welcome to cheer on the children from designated viewing points on the Hoe. After the event, all children and staff will return to the original meeting point for collection at approximately 12:30 pm.
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Attendance Winners!!!! 2C loved their reward this afternoon for having the highest average attendance last term. 🍿 🎥 🐻
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Reminder - our next workshop is on Thursday, please email if you would like to attend.
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In computing this week, 3H used an online database tool to create a branching database linked to minibeasts. They worked with collaboration and resilience and should be proud of their results. Well done 3H!
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We had the fantastic author, Talula Grey, visit Manadon today. She spent some time with all of Foundation and Key Stage One, sharing her joy and excitement of reading and storytelling. There was also the opportunity for her to work with our military children families in Key Stage 2, discussing some of the unique challenges they face and how reading can provide comfort and understanding.
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If your child has an allergy or dietary requirement, please complete the form sent via Arbor ASAP. Many Thanks
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2B had lots of fun measuring how far we can jump in metres and centimetres🏃🏃‍♀️
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Welcome to all of our new families for September 2024! 💙❤️
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Year 6 reminder. Year 6 ‘Leavers’ hoodies’ are only to be worn to and from school and break and lunch times. They are not to be worn inside the classroom. If your child needs any uniform, please contact the parent support advisor who may be able to find you some.
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Year 3 PE days this term: Monday - Indoor PE Wednesday - Outdoor PE
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