Without being confident speakers, responsive listeners, critical readers and creative writers, our pupils will struggle to succeed in tomorrow’s global society. The ability to use language effectively lies at the centre of the development and expression of our emotions, our thinking, our learning and our sense of personal identity.
For our pupils to attain highly and make exceptional progress, English in our school must:
We believe learning to read is the most important skill our pupils learn during their time at our school. Due to the importance we place on this, a great deal of our curriculum time is spent developing reading skills.
At our school, we use a structured, synthetic phonics approach to teaching children to read. The scheme we use is called ‘Read Write Inc.’
When children join the Reception classes they begin to learn the 44 sounds that form the English language. They learn to blend the sounds together using ‘Fred Talk’ ‘Read Write Inc.’ which is oral blending. Fred can only speak in ‘Fred Talk’. For example Fred says ‘S-I-T’ and the children blend the letters together to say ‘sit’. As soon as they are able to blend, children begin to read the specially written, lively story books in every ‘Read Write Inc.’ lesson. Children read individually to the staff.
As the children move into Year 1 and 2, they continue to learn the sounds and blend more complex words. They also develop their comprehension skills during the ‘Read Write Inc.’ sessions. Children read individually at least twice a week. Pupil Premium children and those with special educational needs read four times a week.
Children are assessed every six weeks and are placed into groups according to their reading ability.
All of the children take reading books home, which are matched to their reading ability. For homework, it is an expectation that you listen to your child read a minimum of four times a week.
As children move through the scheme, the ‘Read Write Inc.’ Manager carefully monitors their progress. Any children who do not make the expected progress are given a one to one intervention to ensure that they close the gap.
When children have completed the phonics programme, they move onto ‘Read Write Inc.’ Comprehension. This extends their comprehension ability and prepares them for the challenges of reading as they move into KS2. Any children who require additional phonics teaching in KS2 are assessed and placed into groups so that they can continue with the phonics programme.
Years 3 to 6 have four whole class reading lessons each week using a scheme called Language and Literacy. These lessons are differentiated to the individual needs of the class to ensure maximum progress for all. Through these lessons pupil’s comprehension abilities are supported through the use of short, engaging texts.
Once a week, pupils take part in a group reading session during which they engage deeply with a quality text. These sessions are delivered by two teachers and one TA to ensure all children make progress.
Pupils in need of additional support receive one to one reading sessions with a fully trained TA.
It is expected that pupils are read with at home at least 3 times a week and that this is recorded in their reading records. If this doesn’t happen, parents and carers are supported fully to ensure that pupils meet this minimum requirement. Pupils are encouraged to change their home reader regularly.
For pupils who are developing readers, we use a banded book scheme. The difficulty of book they take home is determined by teacher assessment and regularly monitored to make sure they are on the right level to ensure they make maximum progress. Once pupils get to the end of the banded books scheme or are confident readers, they progress to our Accelerated Reader programme to develop their comprehension and vocabulary skills. Pupils are encouraged to choose books which they feel they will enjoy in order to help them develop a love of reading. Once pupils have read a book, they complete an online quiz to assess their understanding.
Read Write Inc (phonics) is for four to seven-year-old children learning to read and write, and for seven and eight-year-olds who need to catch up.
It is a complete literacy programme taught for 20 - 40 minutes a day in Reception and an hour a day in Year 1 and above. It is proven to develop:
Children are taught to: