Literacy within the EYFS is broken down into two aspects, reading and writing. These are broken down into: -Writing
- Word reading
The EYFS statutory framework states "It is crucial for children to develop a life-long love of reading. Reading consists of two dimensions: language comprehension and word reading. Language comprehension (necessary for both reading and writing) starts from birth. It only develops when adults talk with children about the world around them and the books (stories and non-fiction) they read with them, and enjoy rhymes, poems and songs together. Skilled word reading, taught later, involves both the speedy working out of the pronunciation of unfamiliar printed words (decoding) and the speedy recognition of familiar printed words. Writing involves transcription (spelling and handwriting) and composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech, before writing)." (DFE 2021)
Children within the EYFS have access to a reading corner providing a range of exciting reading books for children to engage with. Each week, children explore their topic through a book of the week which is included into their learning opportunities. Opportunities for writing are provided within our continuous provision both indoor and outdoors as well as a daily focus writing activity. Early reading is taught through the use of phonics, following the 'Little Wandle Scheme.' Phonics is taught every day and catch up groups are provided for children who require additional support. Reading books are allocated to children on a weekly basis and these are based on children's phonetic knowledge.