Learning to Read:

In School

We use the Read Write Inc. Programme for F1 until graduation off the programme (Christmas Y2). This involves following the specific pattern of teaching the letter sounds alongside learning to write. The children are screened frequently (approx. every 8 weeks) and regrouped accordingly to encourage momentum and quick progress. Books are sent home weekly for children to practice the letter sounds they are learning in class with complementary spellings.

Reading to Learn:

To foster a love of reading we, encourage book reviews and recommendations eg Kippax North Book Awards. To develop adventurous readers the guided reading texts have been selected to give each year group a breadth of genre and writing styles. By the end of Year 4 the children must have a great stamina for reading and sufficient fluency to understand and therefore derive pleasure from reading. This means in Years 5 and 6 the children can experience a wide range of narrative genres and read easily when researching projects.

100 Books to Read

Aims as readers…

  • Excellent phonic knowledge and skills following the RWI scheme.
  • Fluency and accuracy in reading across a wide range of contexts throughout the curriculum.
  • Knowledge of an extensive and rich vocabulary.
  • An excellent comprehension of texts.
  • The motivation to read for both study and for pleasure.
  • Extensive knowledge through having read a rich and varied range of texts.

Aims as Writers

We develop writers using the approach in Talk for Writing, which helps the learning focus on developing vocabulary and a breadth of writing experiences to ultimately enhance our cultural capital.

  • The ability to write fluently and with interesting detail on a number of topics throughout the curriculum.
  • A vivid imagination which makes readers engage with and enjoy their writing.
  • A highly developed vocabulary and an excellent knowledge of writing techniques to extend details or description.
  • Well-organised and structured writing, which includes a variety of sentence structures.
  • Excellent transcription skills that ensure their writing is well presented and punctuated, spelled correctly and neat.
  • A love of writing and an appreciation of its educational, cultural and entertainment values.

Aims as communicators…

  • An exceptional talent for listening attentively so as to understand what is being said.
  • A rich and varied vocabulary that gives clarity and interest to conversations.
  • Clear speech that can be easily understood by a range of audiences.
  • An excellent grasp of the rules used in English conversation, such as tenses and the grammatical structure of sentences.
  • A highly developed ability to tell stories that capture the interest and imagination of the audience.
  • A delight in initiating and joining in conversations.
  • Respect for others when communicating, even when views differ.