The school follows the RWI (Read, Write, Inc) programme for the teaching of phonics. Children in EYFS have a 30 minute discreet lesson each morning in school. In Year 1 and 2 children follow RWI through the programme till they have reached Literacy Language strand, when they transfer over to TFW (Talk for writing) . The RWI programme is taught for 1 hour per day.
TFW is taught across Year 2 to Year 6 for at least an hour per day, the cycle consists of a “cold task” teaching of specific skills, text types and then a final independent task called a “hot write”. Children will build up their skills during a block of work which could last 2/3 weeks; in some cases as children move into Year 5 and Year 6 the block may last for 4 weeks to develop higher level skills.
Children in EYFS and Year 1 who are still working through the RWI programme have chance to access TFW in an afternoon or as part of their continuous provision.
The units of writing are linked to the Cornerstones themes which are used to teach foundation subjects such as: history, geography, science etc. Each class will study a book for a term or half a term- parents will be given advance notice of the book/s their children will be studying. We encourage parents to buy copies of the books for their children to read at home.
Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation is taught as discreet lessons weekly in Year 2 upwards and through TFW. In EYFS and Year 1, spelling, punctuation ad grammar are taught as part of RWI.
From EYFS upwards, we follow the continuous cursive scheme of handwriting, where children are expected to start from the line every time. They are expected to join as soon as they can form letters correctly. Please see sample on the website.
In school reading is taught as a whole class, the texts come from a range of genres and could be related to the Cornerstones theme the children are studying. Children also have chance through whole class reading to study: poetry and non-fiction. Whole class reading happens at least 3 times a week for 30 minutes. The school spends 2 weeks teaching the skills of reading and applying them through the use of our aliens- see English policy for more details. A further week is spent on application of these skills through using the “ Cracking Comprehension “ scheme which allows children to refine their comprehension skills.
All children have story time during the course of the week.
It is expected that all children will read at home at least 5 times a week. Staff are available to discuss reading at home and support parents at “ drop in sessions” which happen half termly and in Y1 weekly drop in opportunities to come along and read with your child.
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