The Early Years Foundation stage is split into 7 areas and 1 of these areas is literacy. Literacy is then split in to reading and writing.
It is expected that by the end of the reception year children will...
Read and understand simple sentences. They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also read some common irregular words. They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.
Children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. They also write some common irregular words. They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and some are phonetically plausible.
In the Terrific Tiger class children are provided with daily opportunities to develop and consolidate their writing skills and develop the fundamental skills required in order to write. Children undertake 'Funky Fingers' activities to help develop the muscles within their hands and to develop their ability to manipulate a pencil / objects. Our range of activities also help children to develop hand eye co-ordination and the use of a dominant hand. We also undertake daily dogh disco sessions, which again prepare their muscles in readiness for writing and is a fun and interactive way of developing the children's ability to manipulate objects.
We also do lots of work in developing children's gross motor skills during PE sessions as well as in class by providing children with a variety of mark making equipment to develop the muscles in their necks and upper body which later help them to control a pencil.
We try and vary the writing materials made available to children to ensure that children develop their skills in a varied and engaging way. Recently this has included...
Different sized / coloured paper, shaving foam, glitter, chalk, paint, paintbrushes and water, pencils, pens, whiteboards, play dough, magnetic letters, icing sugar, pens, clipboards.
Please take a look at the photos below to see some of the wonderful Early writing that takes place in the Terrific Tigers class.