“If a nation loses its storytellers, it loses its childhood.” – Peter Handke
At All Saints Upton, we strive to inspire the children to become confident, independent readers and writers who are able to communicate their ideas and opinions in written form with ease and accuracy. We know that writing is a crucial life skill that opens many doors for us later in life and we aim to equip children with strong writing skills that can be transferred across the curriculum and beyond.
The 'Literacy Tree' is used as a development tool to help us build on our writing foundations. This scheme is used from Year 1 - Year 6, allowing for progression to be seen.
Our writing sessions are based upon high quality texts and inspirational themes that seek to motivate and engage children in their learning. – giving them a desire to write and to write with enthusiasm!
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” - Dr Seuss.
We believe that reading is the skill that opens the door to confident writing and to the rest of the curriculum – to a world of knowledge. It gives children the confidence and ability to access information independently from a wide range of sources. It is our responsibility to lay down firm foundations in the crucial area of English, equipping children with skills in reading, writing and phonics, which will allow them to access all areas of the curriculum with success.
For those children no longer receiving the Read Write Inc programme, which is prodominently KS2, we use 'Reading Explorers' to help build on understanding of Literal, deductive and questioning skills.
As well as encouraging reading at home, across the whole school, we have introduced reading for pleasure into our timetable. Each class has two Reading Ambassadors, who work closely with Mrs Westbrook, our English Lead.
At the end of the day, each class teacher will share an exciting book with the children, which has been selected by the class.
Reading and Writing
Our curriculum tries to make connections between reading and writing. We base our curriculum upon high quality texts that aim to inspire and challenge learners. Reading and writing skills that are developed and embedded in all areas of the curriculum, using a range of different genres, themes and topics to engage and motivate the children. We celebrate a love of all things literacy by taking part in themed days. Our ‘Buddies’ scheme gives our Year 6 children the opportunity to read with the Reception children weekly. This gives them the chance to develop their reading skills as well as being role models and sharing a love of reading.
‘Read, Write Inc’ phonics programme is used across the school to help children develop strong skills in decoding and blending in order to read both accurately and fluently. All children are streamed across 10 groups, allowing for specific sounds to be taught.
Each week your child will focus on a coloured text, where sounds will be introduced and reviewed. This text will come home for your child to celebrate with you on the Friday. In addition to this, a second book will also be sent home. This text follows similar sounds to the focused ones from their learning that week.
If you would like to find out more about ‘Read, Write Inc’ specifically, you can do so at http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/
The following websites might be of some use to those that wish to practise these skills at home:
Phonics for 5-7’s – http://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/5-7-years/letters-and-sounds
Phonics Play – http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ChildrensMenu.htm