ollow the link below to read out parent booklets for more information on RWI Phonics and how you can support your child at home.
en reading and writing are taught together, the benefits are greater than when they are taught separately.
Power English is based on Writing for Pleasure which is a research-informed philosophy and practical pedagogy. It was developed by Ross Young and Felicity Ferguson who have brought together theory, research and practice.
Power English is a KS2 genre-focused writing approach. The structure is anchored around writing projects and allows our children to master each genre and produce a range of written outcomes as they move through KS2.
Using an evidence-based process, it places a strong emphasis on creativity alongside the technical aspects of writing. Children are encouraged to draw on their own experiences and interests to write, to create, and to improve their writing skills. The approach fosters a strong sense of child agency, and encourages a deep immersion in the writing process, to help children believe in themselves as writers.
An exciting element of Power English is Personal Writing Projects. Children return to their favourite genres, choose their own topics for writing and use all they have learned to produce writing for their own and others’ enjoyment and satisfaction. This in an important part of our approach to English as it creates a community of engaged and authentic writers who write for pleasure.
By modelling, the expert writer lets less experienced writers in on the big secret … What is going on in the head of a more experienced writer? By modelling, we demonstrate options for planning, strategic problem solving, self-monitoring, reviewing, revising and proofreading. We also show how techniques can be used or applied; we work through challenges and teach good grammar. And we do it all within the context of authentic writing!
At St Giles' Catholic Primary School, we are committed to reading aloud to our children every day.
Reading aloud enables all children to access quality texts but it also enables the teacher to model expressive and fluent reading to the children.
Our guided reading approach is informed by extensive research into comprehension strategy instruction, as recommended by the EEF.
The aims of the sessions are to engage with texts, respond to them, talk about them and developing deeper understanding (comprehension).
Once children have completed RWI Phonics, they take part in daily guided reading sessions.
During the sessions, we focus on developing the key comprehension strategies through careful modelling and supported practice.
The sessions utilise a wide variety of texts and seek to:
- Encourage critical and evaluative thinking through use of open prompts, questions and invitations
- Encourage reference to the text to support their thinking
- Build towards group dialogue
- Encourage personal responses from the children
- Enable children to support their opinions with evidence from the text and to change and adapt their ideas in response to others
Access to reading materials at the correct level is vital in setting children up to succeed in reading. Carefully matched reading books will be sent home for your children to read independently or read to you.
They will know all of the sounds used in the text because they match the sounds in the books they are being taught in class. This means they will be able to read the text with fluency and confidence – like a storyteller. They will enjoy reading to someone else or to themselves.
This does not mean the text is too easy for them – it means they are reading at the correct level. We do not send texts home the children cannot read because we always want them to be set up to succeed in their reading.
These eBooks are for children to read at home after the ‘third read’ of the book in class. At the end of each eBook, there is a short quiz to consolidate the sounds and words encountered in the eBook. These will be set weekly.
This booklet shows you how you can help your child practise and consolidate their spelling by using the Extra Practice Zone.
Our Approach to Handwriting
There are regular timetabled slots for handwriting to ensure that children build up their handwriting skills every day. We make the physical process of writing – handwriting – enjoyable from the start, so children see themselves as ‘writers’. We use mnemonics – memory pictures – to help children visualise the letter or join before they write it down. Children need to practise handwriting under the guidance of a teacher so they do not develop habits that will be difficult to undo later so we make sure that handwriting is always a guided activity.
We link handwriting to our Read Write Inc. Phonics in KS1 and there are three handwriting stages.
These lessons are taught while children read the Red, Green, Purple, Pink and Orange Storybooks.
Stage 1a: Children practise correct letter formation.
Stage 1b: Children learn where to place the letters on the writing line.
These lessons are taught while children read the Yellow, Blue and Grey Storybooks. At this stage, children learn a mature style of writing that will lead to joined-up writing.
These lessons are also taught while children read the Yellow, Blue and Grey Storybooks. At this stage, children learn the two basic joins: the arm join (diagonal) and the washing line join (horizontal) and the two variables for each join.
There are also memorable phrases that support the children to develop correct letter formation:
Celebrating English at St Giles' Catholic Primary School
A selection of some of the English opportunities beyond the classroom.
Classic Literature Coming Alive - The Railway Children theatre production came to visit. The whole school watched the production and then KS2 had a special workshop.
World Book Day in Style - Celebrating our love of reading together through book quizzes, competition and sharing our favourite books across the key stages.
Meet the Poet and Author - Alan Durant, who writes stories for children of all ages – from toddlers to teenagers and poetry for children and adults, came for the day to inspire our classes from Reception to Year 6 with performances and workshops.
The Magic of Live Theatre - KS2 visiting the Regent Theatre to be spellbound by the magical adaptation of the classic novel: The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. They have also had the pleasure of watching The Prince and the Pauper come alive before their eyes.
A final thought...
Reading is the one ability that, once set in motion, has the capacity to feed itself, to grow exponentially, providing a base from which the possibilities are infinite.