We believe that the teaching of phonics is fundamental to the development of early reading skills. At St Saviour’s C of E Academy phonics is taught in a systematic way. Our daily phonic sessions are based on the DfE Letters and Sounds Publication (2007) incorporating Jolly Sounds and the 2014 English National Curriculum requirements. We use a range of visual, auditory and kinaesthetic activities to promote speaking and listening skills, phonological awareness and oral blending.
At St Saviour’s C of E Academy, teaching children to read is a key part of our curriculum. We value the importance it has on enabling children to access the whole curriculum and strive to promote a love of reading throughout the school. As your child moves through the school, their reading experiences will change to reflect the increasing level of texts they will read. The following points outline the structures in place.
- A banded reading book linked to your child’s reading ability will be sent home for you to enjoy some reading time at home with your child. This should be recorded in your child’s reading log.
- Children are exposed to class reads and oral storytelling to help expand their knowledge.
- Reading books and activities are available throughout the day for your child to access.
- KS 1 and KS 2 children will have whole class reading where they complete a mixture of teacher led and skills based reading activities. Their progress in reading is assessed, monitored and recorded during these sessions.
Pupils have access to a variety of reading schemes including Rigby Star, Rigby Rocket, Bug Club, Oxford Reading Tree and Big Cat Collins.
Here at St Saviour’s Academy we ensure that writing shows development and skills progression. This is demonstrated in a series of ways:
- Children are exposed to a variety of genres, recognising the features and planning their writing before the written piece is complete. This will ensure they have the skills and knowledge to complete work to their full potential.
- Longer pieces of writing or extended stories are written over a sequence of lessons to provide children with the opportunity to include all of the taught skills, re-read and edit their work before submitting it.
- Lessons teaching skills such as grammar and punctuation are taught discretely through daily SPaG sessions. The learning from these sessions are applied embedded throughout English sessions and all other curriculum areas. This is to ensure that the children are consistently developing their writing at all times.