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Phonics is taught daily using a variety of resources such as Letters and Sounds and the Jolly Phonics scheme of work.  Children are grouped according to their needs.

As reading is a central aspect of all curriculum areas, we put great emphasis on developing the skills, and fostering the love of reading which will help your child to be a life-long reader.  Children will be given the opportunity to read from a wide range of books including reading scheme books and books from the library.

At Enfield Academy of New Waltham we have adopted the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme as our core reading system.

Your child will be engaged in a form of reading every day including reading out their own work, using dictionaries, reading labels and instructions, computer games, library books and so on. The teacher will share a book with your child as often as possible; the frequency of these individual sessions depends on the needs of the child.

The children are developing comprehension skills right from the early years where they are encouraged to reflect on and question the content. As each child develops as a reader they are encouraged to be aware of their audience, reading with a greater degree of fluency and expression. They also begin to use the skills needed to be able to find information from books.

We view a home school partnership as an essential part of your child's learning.

Your child will bring his/her reading book home each day with a Home Reading Booklet. This provides an opportunity for you to share a story with your child in a relaxed environment.

At Enfield Academy of New Waltham we teach a joined handwriting style from Early Years. It is essential that children develop a clear and legible handwriting style if their ideas, thoughts and feelings are to be read by a variety of audiences.
The emphasis at Key Stage 1 (ages 4 - 7) is on correct formation, size and spacing of letters, whilst ensuring that the writing tool is held and used correctly.

These skills are continued and extended in Key Stage 2 and here the children work towards a more fluent style. This will eventually lead to fully joined up writing.