English at All Saints
At All Saints we want to develop the children's love of reading and we make it a priority of the school that every child has the opportunity to enjoy classic and modern classic literature.
Reading is taught through the Daily Supported Reader programme (R, Y1 from Term 4 2019) and the Destination Reader programme (Y2-6) as the children move through the school.
Daily Supported Reader helps to move all children on in their reading. It is delivered initially to Year 1, then introduced into Reception and for the lowest attaining children in Year 2 for maximum impact across the school. It helps children make accelerated progress by working in a coherent and systematic way. Children enjoy daily independent reading in small groups matched to their independent reading level, led by a trained adult. Adults use differentiated lesson guides to move children on and make sound judgements about when to do so. This method has a proven track record of success in raising school reading standards at KS1
Destination Reader is a consistent, structured approach to daily reading sessions at KS2. It involves daily sessions incorporating whole class modelling prior to the children applying these skills through partner work and independent reading. Children deepen their understanding of the texts they read through the systematic use of a series of strategies and language stems. The approach encompasses the key principles of effective reading provision and fully meets the requirements of the National Curriculum. It also builds a culture of reading for pleasure and purpose.
The children have a book to take home in all year groups and the expectation is that they are heard read 5 times a week.
We want to create a love of reading for life so have some wonderful spaces in the school to settle down and read a book including our library and reading shed.
At All Saints we follow the 2014 National Curriculum for English. We teach this through text based units drawn from the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education's 'Power of Reading' project. This whole school training project uses high quality children's literature and proven creative teaching approaches to engage teachers and children in the literacy curriculum and develop a whole school love of reading and writing.
We teach SPaG within these units focusing on spelling, punctuation and grammar skills. We believe children need to write across the curriculum so our topics offer the children plenty of opportunity to put their writing skills to good use in all subject areas.
We take huge pride in our work at All Saints and the children work hard on earning a pen license which they are awarded should they reach our high standards for joined legible handwriting. Since September, the high quality of children's presentation has been evident.
In all years groups the children have a spelling list to take home and learn. We also have a range of word banks and visual supports used in class to support our children. All pupils have a log in to Spelling Shed where their teacher will set them personalised tasks.