Reading is a fundamental part of a child’s journey and a life-long gift that we can nurture and help flourish. We believe that reading should be an enjoyable activity to be shared in class and across the wider school community. Our approach to reading begins with the systematic approach to learning phonics, supported by a mixture of phonically de-codable text and ‘real’ books. Once these skills are embedded, we work in partnership with parents to develop and extend each child’s skill at improving their reading and engaging with the text and author’s craft. As well as ample opportunities within the school environment and curriculum, staff dedicate three 30 minute sessions a week to guided reading activities focussed on moving learning forward. Children also have the opportunity to visit the school’s well stocked library each week and share their reading experiences through talk, play and drama. We draw upon resources from a range of reading schemes, but have developed our own reading development records.
Writing and communication remains a vital part of our school’s curriculum. We strive to give our children the best support we can in developing the skills they need to be able to communicate clearly with others, whether orally or through the written word.
In addition to English work being embedded into theme, we have daily English lessons, which focus on developing vocabulary, spelling, grammar, punctuation and structure in writing as well as covering the English curriculum requirements for each year group. Different stimuli, including texts, film, drama, art and music, are used to develop creativity. Selections of non-fiction and fiction genres are taught throughout the year inspired by the themes or pupils’ own interests.
We follow the statutory National Curriculum for English in Key Stages 1 and 2 and the Read, Write, Inc reading and spelling scheme for the younger year groups.
Phonics is the correspondence between spoken sound (phoneme) and the written letter (grapheme). In our school we follow the Read Write Inc programme which is a phonics approach to both reading and writing. This is followed throughout Reception and KS1 and for children in KS2 who continue to need support with phonics and reading. Children are taught in groups of up to twenty children and are assessed regularly to ensure that they are working in the correct group at an appropriate level. When the children reach the end of the programme they move into National Curriculum English groups.