Our English curriculum maximises the opportunities for cross curricular links. The children have daily literacy lessons which include spelling, punctuation, grammar and handwriting. There are also daily guided reading sessions. Our lessons are carefully planned so that the children have clear expectations. Phonics, reading and writing for children in Y1 and Y2 are taught using Read, Write Inc. Children are regularly assessed to ensure that they are making appropriate progress. 1:1 and additional intervention is provided for children who require additional support. In KS2 spelling is taught in a structured way to ensure that it builds on children’s skills learnt through our Read, Write Inc programme.
The teachers use a variety of stimulus to engage the children and first hand experiences play an important part in this. The school uses the National Curriculum to support planning and expectations. A variety of techniques are used to ensure children are able to read, write and speak confidently. We have adopted the strategies developed by Alan Peat to develop children’s writing. We use elements of the Literacy Shed for spelling and writing as well as Language and Literacy where appropriate.
We are passionate about reading.
Being able to read well matters. It can significantly impact on success in school and beyond. It takes them into imagined worlds far beyond their own experience, and make possible endless opportunities to explore new areas of learning, thinking and ideas. The power of reading is immense, and we want children to be able to take full advantage of the benefits, pleasure and enjoyment that it has to offer. We aim to develop positive attitudes towards reading so every child thinks of themselves as a reader and has fostered a love of the written word in all its various forms. We wish to create a community of readers that share, enjoy and promote reading as a skill and desirable past time.
We teach whole class guided reading from Yr.2 upwards. Furthermore, all classes have texts read to them throughout the year. This helps to promote reading as a desirable past time and something that should be valued and treasured.
Reading to the Children
Our goal is to motivate children to want to read so they will practice reading independently and, thus, become fluent readers. That happens when children enjoy reading. At the end of every school day, the class teachers will read and share high quality texts to your children at a level which is beyond their reading age. This ensures that we continue to develop their vocabulary and understanding of characters and plot far beyond their reading level. It also gives them access to worlds and experiences different to their own. I
We use VIPERS from the Literacy Shed to support children with their reading comprehension skills. VIPERS are a range of reading prompts based on the 2016 reading Content Domain Areas (CDAs) found in the National Curriculum Test Framework. Each classroom will have the Reading VIPERS displayed in the reading area of their classroom and the class teacher will make explicit links to the skill the children will be learning about. This gives all children across the school a common language to discuss their reading knowledge and understanding.
The impact of our reading curriculum can be clearly seen across the school through children talking about their love of reading, the quality of texts the children are reading, the quality of teaching across the school. Phonics data is above national average. For 2019, Key Stage 1 and KS2 reading results are rising over time.
Writing units generally follow the following structure:
Children are fully immersed in the genre that they are learning and skills are taught explicitly. This may include:
Modelled Teaching of skills on a class text: