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St Giles' Catholic Primary School

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At St. Giles' Catholic Primary, our aim is to instill a passion for reading and a confidence with words - written and spoken - in all our children.

 

All pupils must be encouraged to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live, to establish an appreciation and love of reading, and to gain knowledge across the curriculum. Reading also feeds pupils’ imagination and opens up a treasure-house of wonder and joy for curious young minds.

National Curriculum 2014

Our Reading Journey

 

Learning to read is the most important thing your child will learn at our school. Everything else depends on it, so we put as much energy as we possibly can into making sure that every single child learns to read as quickly as possible.

 

We want your child to love reading – and to want to read for themselves. This is why we put our efforts into making sure they develop a love of books as well as simply learning to read.

 

Making a Strong Start using Read Write Inc.

Right from the beginning of Reception, we use Read Write Inc. Phonics which is a highly successful English programme created by Ruth Miskin and published by Oxford University Press. All Reading Teachers at St. Giles' have receive training and support from Ruth Miskin Training, rated Outstanding by the Department for Education, to ensure we meet our aim for all children to become confident and enthusiastic readers.

The Read Write Inc. Phonics programme is carefully matched to the new curriculum, giving every child at St. Giles' Catholic Primary the best chance of success. Reception to Year 2 children are taught using Read Write Inc. Phonics as the main EYFS and KS1 early reading programme but it is also taught as an intervention for children in Years 3 and 4. In addition to this, Read Write Inc. Fresh Start is a phonics programme with more age appropriate resources for older children which we use as and when required in Years 5 and 6.

Please see the table below for expected progress term-by-term for Read Write Inc. Phonics in EYFS and KS1.

 

Read Write Inc. Progression Grid

Year Group

Term

Expected Progress in RWI. Groups

Reception

Autumn

October: know most Set 1 sounds and blend orally (Set 1 B)

December: know Set 1 sounds and read words by blending (Set 1 C)

Spring

February: Ditties

April: Red

Summer

May: Green

July: Green/Purple

Year 1

Autumn

October: Purple

December: Pink (know Set 2 sounds)

Spring

February: Orange

April: Yellow

Summer

May: Yellow (know Set 3 sounds)

July: Blue

Year 2

Autumn

Baseline: Blue

October: Blue

December: Grey

Spring

February: Grey

April: RWI Spelling and Comprehension

 

During the academic year, we hold regular parent workshops for early reading. 

 

For information and tutorials on how to support your child learning to read, go to: http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/parents/

 

 

English Lessons using The Power of Reading

 

 

At St. Giles' Catholic Primary, we have chosen to introduce the Power of Reading from Reception through to Year 6 as part of our commitment to ensure all our children have the opportunity to engage with a rich range of quality texts so that they develop into engaged and informed readers and writers, who understand the relationship between reading and writing.

 

The Power of Reading is about teaching reading and writing through the use of high quality books and creative teaching approaches. Children are immersed into the text through music, art, drama, discussion and role-play. Other approaches include responding to illustrations, ‘Book Talk’, story mapping and book making. Children take ownership of the text and engage with it deeply. It also enables children to deepen their understanding of texts and provides a meaningful context for writing.

 

Reading aloud is also a key part of the Power of Reading. The strategy enables all children to access the quality texts. Reading aloud also enables the teacher to model expressive and fluent reading to the children. 

 

Home Reading

 

“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.”

― Emilie Buchwald

 

 

Evidence suggests that parents and the home environment are essential to the early teaching of reading and fostering a love of reading.

 

Key findings from the evidence include:

• Parental involvement in a child’s literacy has been reported as a more powerful force than other family background variables, such as social class, family size and level of parental education (Flouri and Buchanan, 2004 – cited in Clark and Rumbold, 2006);

• Children whose home experiences promote the view that reading is a source of entertainment are likely to become intrinsically motivated to read (Baker, Serpell and Sonnenschein, 1995 – cited in Clark and Rumbold, 2006);

• Children are more likely to continue to be readers in homes where books and reading are valued (Baker and Scher, 2002 – cited in Clark and Rumbold, 2006).

 

Reading Books Coming Home

 

EYFS and KS1

  1. Read Write Inc. Book Bag Book – This book will be changed on a Wednesday by their group teacher and is matched to your child’s RWI group. Please have this book in school every day.

  2. Colour Banded Book (Collins Big Cat, Oxford Reading Tree…) – This book is to share with your child and is an enrichment text designed to widen their reading experience. This book will be changed by their class teacher. Please have this book in school every day.

 

NB. In addition, your child in EYFS or KS1 may also have a school library book that they have selected.

 

KS2

Once your child has complete the Read Write Inc. Phonics programme, they will no longer receive a RWI. Book Bag Book to take home. Instead, please see the provision below.

  1. Colour Banded Book (Collins Big Cat, Oxford Reading Tree…) – This book is designed to build your child's fluency at an age appropriate level and to broaden their reading expereince.  This book will be changed by their class teacher. Please have this book in school every day.
  2. School Library Book - This book is to encourage your child to develop their own interest in books and is selected by your child. 

 

Book Bands Overview

 

Additional free reading e-books: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/

Our Approach to Spelling

 

We use Read Write Inc. Spelling for Years 2-6 to meet the more demanding spelling requirements of the 2014 National Curriculum and to build on the fantastic start our children make with Read Write Inc. Phonics. Reasons why we use this programme:

  • Puts the complex requirements of the curriculum into snappy 15-minute lessons
  • Makes spelling fun! Aliens from an exciting online spelling planet clearly introduce spelling rules and concepts
  • Read Write Inc. Spelling Online includes an Extra Practice Zone including over 1,000 new activity screens for whole-class practice, focusing on the areas children often find challenging. A class login also enables or children to do the practice activities at home: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/
  • Provides plenty of  writing practice with a clear record of progress
  • The emphasis is on teaching spelling, not simply testing spelling
  • Although the teaching of phoneme-grapheme correspondence underpins this programme, it also develops children’s knowledge of word families, how suffixes impact upon root words, and provides mnemonics to remember the trickiest spellings.

  • The teaching revolves around instruction (with the help of online alien characters), partner and group practice, and competitive group challenges that help children commit new words to memory.

 

 

 

How are children assessed?

Half-termly practice tests assess children’s spelling progress using the same format as the statutory assessments in England. Online tracking spreadsheets enable us to record and track individual children’s progress and identify units or concepts pupils might need to be retaught.

 

During the teaching activities each week, a number of assessment opportunities are also planned into the programme. The emphasis is on the importance of learning to spell, rather than being tested on spelling.

 

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