Literacy Manager - Miss J Strachan
English is an essential strand for the best education of our pupils at All Saints Church of England Primary School. It is the platform for accessing the whole curriculum and allows children to communicate, to form friendships and express their needs. Children are provided with opportunities to work together thus promoting their mental wellbeing, social development and enjoyment. Their skills in English will enable them to connect to the global world that we are a part of. We aim to deliver learning opportunities that enable our pupils to achieve their potential through an inclusive and engaging curriculum. It is imperative that we model high standards of Literacy and have high expectations of our children.
We aim to ensure that all pupils:
- read easily, fluently and with good understanding
- develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
- acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
- appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
- write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
- use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
- are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, and participate in debate.
At All Saints we use Read, Write Inc to teach phonics and reading. This supports our youngest pupils to develop those crucial early reading skills and concepts about print. Our older children enjoy titles that are varied, topical and they can often be found exploring texts by popular authors. Read, Write Inc also helps develop spelling and writing skills. We are very fortunate to have a RWI Consultant Trainer working alongside staff to ensure our pupils get the most from their RWI sessions. We pair this with talk through stories to further develop the children’s comprehension skills.
Children will then progress on to Accelerated Reader (AR) which is a computer program that helps teachers monitor and manage children’s independent reading practice. Children choose books at their own level, read them at their own pace and then, when finished, quiz on the book. Feedback provided from the quiz allows the child and the teacher to choose new books, discuss strategies for reading.
At All Saints teaching of writing is purposeful, robust and shows clear progression for all children. Writing is mostly taught through the Cornerstones themes. We don’t use a scheme for writing but we ensure we meet the coverage laid out in the National Curriculum. We like to make writing fun, purposeful, relevant and challenging and get the children doing, talking, thinking, trying and editing. We know how important writing is and that it provides the foundations for every other subject, once children master writing it makes each piece of work much easier for them across all subjects. We also recognise and foster the relationship between reading and writing – the children who are avid readers tend to be those who cope well with story writing, reading great books is a natural way for children to become fantastic writers.
Reading, writing, speaking and listening are the core skills within Literacy that we aim to develop within our school. The National Curriculum document and Statutory framework below contain details about what children in each year group must be taught in these areas. The school policy documents contain details of how our school teaches them.
As a result of our Literacy teaching at All Saints you will see:
• Children will enjoy reading and writing across a range of genres.
• Children of all abilities will be able to succeed in all English lessons because work will be appropriately differentiated.
• Children will use a wide vocabulary that they use within their writing and spoken language.
• Children will write with a good awareness of their audience.
• Children will leave All Saints being able to effectively apply spelling rules and patterns they have been taught.
• Parents and carers will have a good understanding of how they can support reading, spelling, grammar and composition at home.
• The skills our children learn in their literacy lessons will equip them to be effective learners in all aspects of the curriculum.
What parents can do to help with their child’s literacy at home.
We encourage all parents to read with their child every day and to make time to discuss the story, characters, setting and ask children questions about what they have read. We ask parents to write a comment and sign their child's reading record daily as a way of sharing their child's reading journey at home. If you have any concerns about your child’s reading or how you can help them, please put a note in their Reading Record book, or speak to the class teacher.