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Elworth Hall Primary School

Every child achieves because we care

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English

Reading

At Elworth Hall, we believe that reading is an essential life skill and we are committed to enabling our children to become lifelong readers. We strive to promote a love for reading and a passion to explore the benefits of reading. At the heart of our strategy is our drive to foster a love of reading, enriching children’s learning through carefully designed teaching activities that utilise imaginative stories and thought provoking texts. Reading is a skill that enables children to develop their learning across the wider curriculum and lays the foundations for success in future lines of study and employment. In the early stages of reading, the focus of teaching is the development of phonics and the application of this knowledge in reading is taught through the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised synthetic phonics programme. Reading to and with an adult happens three times a week in class as part of the programme. Parents support us in reading with their children at home their phonic decodable book and a book for sharing with an adult. 

We recognise the importance of taking a consistent approach to the teaching of reading in order to close any gaps and to target the highest possible number of children attaining the expected standard or higher. We have high expectations of all children and we encourage children to challenge themselves, persevere and pursue success, in all aspects of the curriculum.  

 

All classes in KS2 follow a structured 4 day approach to whole class reading activities. All sessions are interactive and teachers facilitate speaking and listening opportunities, with children working hard individually. High quality texts and passages are chosen, appropriate to the expectations of the year group or ability of children, and teachers use this to model the application of the agreed reading skills. Children are taught to notice breakdown in reading - identifying vocabulary they don’t understand and strategies to fix breakdown in meaning. Children are taught to relate the text to themselves, previous reading experiences and the world around them.

 

Writing

At Elworth Hall, we aim to inspire the children to be excited about their writing and achieve their full potential across the whole curriculum and are encouraged to write for a purpose. Our children are given opportunities to read, write, speak and listen through a creative and varied curriculum. Children are encouraged to plan, draft and edit their work as part of the writing process.

In the Foundation Stage and Key Stage One, children are encouraged to apply their phonic knowledge to write with independence. We use the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds revised synthetic phonics programme, to teach our children the core skills of segmenting and blending. We believe that phonics provides the foundations for children to access the whole curriculum. Spelling is taught in specific lessons and encouraged to be applied through independent writing. Grammar is incorporated throughout the English lessons.

To foster a consistent approach to the development of writing, the school uses Pathways to Write (The Literacy Company) to support the teaching and learning of writing across the school. Teachers use the yearly overviews to plan for progression and the small steps planning to support individual lesson plans. Teachers are also given the choice of using an additional quality text to hook and engage the children in reading and writing. The Mastery Keys are used to support formative assessment, to ensure the children are ready to progress within a genre and/ or onto the next unit.

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