Our English curriculum aims to promote high standards of language and literacy, equipping pupils with a variety of vocabulary for use in both spoken and written purposes and to develop a love of literature through reading for enjoyment.
Children are taught to write fluently so they can are able to express themselves and communicate their thoughts and ideas effectively. They develop an understanding of a range of genres and styles including fiction, non-fiction, poetry and plays, which they revisit annually in order to build on and embed their understanding. A variety of opportunities are provided in other curriculum areas for the children to develop their writing skills. All writing lessons are based on high quality texts that allow the children the opportunity to explore how an author works. Where possible these texts link to learning in other curriculum areas, providing a greater understanding and contextualised approach.
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Across the school children have access to a wide range of high quality texts to develop learning in all curriculum areas. Reading good quality fiction to the children is a priority in all year groups. Parents are expected to support their children's reading daily at home. In order to create widely read, fluent and confident readers we teach two key reading skills: word reading and comprehension. Word reading, which is the ability to decode words, is taught through the synthetic phonics system ‘Read, Write Inc’. Once our children have grasped the mechanics of reading our priority shifts towards reading comprehension and children take part in regular reading sessions. The reading domains from the National Curriculum are taught using a variety of high quality texts and engaging strategies.
Read, Write Inc
At Springfield Primary Academy we use the Read, Write Inc programme to teach phonics and letter formation. Children progress through 3 sets of sounds to learn the essential ‘building blocks’ of words to help them read and spell with greater fluency. Children are also taught to read and spell ‘tricky words’, these are words which are not phonetically regular such as into, the and was.
Read Write Inc. Phonics is a highly successful literacy programmes for 4-13 year-olds created by Ruth Miskin and published by Oxford University Press. The training and support from Ruth Miskin Training, rated Outstanding by the Department for Education, ensure the programme has the best chance of success in schools.
The Read Write Inc. programme is carefully matched to the new curriculum, giving your children the best chance of success in the national tests. It shows teachers, teaching assistants and parents step-by-step how to teach all children to become fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers.
For information and tutorials on how to support your child learning to read go to: https://ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/parents/