At Oldswinford C of E Primary School, we are passionate about the experiences we provide in English for all our pupils.
We want our children to develop a love for literature and to become responsible readers, appreciating and understanding diversity in our world through varied and frequent reading. We want them to have a passion for books and to see that books provide knowledge, relaxation, escapism, vocabulary, imagination, and enjoyment while simultaneously helping children to boost their own mental health and wellbeing. It is our intent for all our pupils to read fluently and confidently in any subject by the time they are ready to move to secondary school and to become adept at talking deeply about books.
We teach early reading through Rocket Phonics, a systematic synthetic phonics programme. Children from Reception to Year 2 have daily phonics sessions and are taught how to apply their phonic skills and achieve effective blending through our reading scheme - Rising Stars.
We adopt the key principles from Jane Considine’s ‘Hooked on Books’ programme for our whole class reading provision to enable us to tailor our reading provision to the needs of our children. Children have daily whole class reading sessions where they listen to a story being read to them by their teacher, promoting reading for pleasure, and then learn to discuss and analyse texts using a variety of approaches.
Reading at home...
We encourage parents and carers to hear their children read as often as possible at home. Each child has a diary which provides a link between home and school and is taken home every day. Regular practice helps children to develop their reading and fluency skills and develop their comprehension and vocabulary. Please see our documents section below for some suggested questions to ask your child when you are listening to them read.
Children have access to a range of reading materials.
Please see the documents section below for a link to our suggested home reading spine. These are high quality books that we feel every child should experience as they are growing up. We encourage all families to enjoy regular reading time at home together and share these wonderful books.
We want our children to have passion and enthusiasm for writing; where their ideas are valued, and they pursue purposeful and authentic writing projects for real audiences. We aim for them all to write clearly, accurately, and coherently, adapting their language and style as necessary. We develop skills progressively so that our pupils have the stamina and ability to write at or above the age expected standard.
We have adopted Pie Corbett's 'Talk for Writing.' This approach advocates children imitating the language needed for a particular piece of writing orally before the go on to read and analyse it. We use a text map to help the children rehearse the model text and then a range of regular writing opportunities to enable the children to craft their own writing in a similar style.
Phonics and Spelling
We teach phonics using a systematic synthetic programme called 'Rocket Phonics' and 'Rocket Phonics: Next Steps.' We make phonics a priority in our school by ensuring that lessons are taught everyday (EYFS - Y2) and to a high standard. Children are assessed regularly to monitor progress and identify any gaps in their learning. Children receive additional intervention as required.
Pupils from Year 3 - Year 6 are taught spellings on a regular basis each week following the Rising Stars spelling scheme.
EdShed is used by class teachers (Y1-Y6) to send home weekly spellings. We have a weekly spelling incentive to encourage children to learn and practise their spellings. We announce the top three classes every week who are the highest in our spelling league table. We recognise and celebrate their efforts in school worship every Wednesday and award them with either a gold, silver or bronze trophy as well as naming them on our Super Spellers celebration board in the hall.
Reading Ambassadors at Oldswinford...
We are thrilled to have recruited a group of enthusiastic Year 5 children who are keen to spread their love of reading around our school. The Reading Ambassadors will be working closely with Mrs Dunn to implement new reading initiatives to promote reading. We have lots of wonderful ideas and can't wait to start spreading the reading bug!