Meet your Literacy Leader
Hi, I’m Miss Higgins and I began my post at Nursery Hill Primary School in September 2018. I currently teach Year 5/6 and I am also the ‘Raising Standards for Literacy’ leader.
As part of this role, I will be trying to make sure children are confident writers and readers, and that they get to participate in a range of exciting Literacy lessons which will help them develop their skills.
I previously worked at an ‘Outstanding’ junior school for 5 years, where I co-ordinated Literacy for 2 of those years. It is my favourite subject: both to teach and to learn. My hope is that I can pass my passion for English on to the children at Nursery Hill.
If you have any questions relating to Reading or Writing, please contact me and I will try my best to help you.
Raising Standards Leader for Literacy
At Nursery Hill, we teach children to read and spell using Phonics. There are 44 sounds or 'phonemes' in the English language, which we put together to form words.
Some phonemes correspond to a single letter (e.g. the letter 't' makes one sound), while others correspond to pairs or groups of letters (e.g. 'ch' and 'air' each make one sound).
Children are taught the sounds first, then how to match the sounds to letters. They are then taught blending and segmenting. Blending is the process of merging sounds together to read whole words. Segmenting involves breaking down a word into individual phonemes and helps with spelling.
We use Read Write Inc. to teach Phonics. This video shows how it works:
While the children learn to read at school, reading together with your child at home has many benefits. It not only helps to develop their literacy skills and their love of reading, but it also helps to build a strong relationship with your child.
Try to find a quiet place away from life's distractions, even if it's for 10 minutes and enjoy reading together. Click on the images to find out more about our different reading schemes.
Literacy at Home
Literacy (or English) is an essential skill, but it can feel daunting for some children and adults. By making Literacy part of everyday life, you can help your child to feel confident when working with words.
Here is a reading comprehension exercise, which you can use with your child.
The following websites have lots of information about Phonics and reading tips. Click on the images to find out more.
A visit to the local library is a great way to spend quality time with your child and inspires a love of reading. There is a library and information centre in Nuneaton and another in Hartshill. Click on the links to find out more.