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English at Barkston Ash Catholic Primary School

Reading


Intent


At Barkston Ash Catholic Primary school, we are determined that every pupil will learn to read, regardless of their background, needs or abilities. All pupils, including the weakest readers, make good progress to meet or exceed agerelated expectations. Pupils are familiar with and enjoy listening to a wide range of stories, poems, rhymes and non-fiction and these are chosen for reading to develop pupils’ vocabulary, language comprehension and love of reading.

Using the ReadWrite inc programme, the school’s phonics programme exceeds the expectations of the national curriculum and the early learning goals. The school has clear expectations of pupils’ phonics progress term-by-term, from Reception to Year 2. The sequence of reading books shows a cumulative progression in phonics knowledge that is matched closely to the school’s phonics programme. Teachers give pupils sufficient practice in reading and re-reading books that match the grapheme-phoneme correspondences they know, both at school and at home. Reading, including the teaching of systematic, synthetic phonics, is taught from the beginning of Reception on the children’s first day in school. New parents attend a phonics information session during their child’s first week in school. The ongoing assessment of pupils’ phonics progress is at least every ten weeks and is detailed to identify any pupil who is falling behind the programme’s pace. If they do fall behind, targeted support is given immediately. The school has developed expertise in the teaching of phonics and
reading and results at all transition points are significantly above the national average.

We want children to have:
  • a vivid imagination and enjoy all aspects of English;
  • excellent knowledge of techniques involved in reading, writing and communicating;
  • a varied and rich reading experience across a range of contexts that develops a love of reading;
  • fluency and accuracy in reading and comprehension;
  • an exceptional talent for listening and responding;
  • highly developed ability to tell stories that capture the interests and imagination;
  • confidence to share their ideas and a respect for others opinions.
Implementation
  • We use a variety of long term texts to link to our carefully planned and tailored curriculum;
  • Differentiated planning in each class;
  • Purposeful opportunities for reading and writing;
  • Cross curricular consolidation and links with other subjects;
  • Regular opportunities to read aloud in a range of contexts, including to a large audience;
  • Streamed phonics through the ReadWrite inc phonics programme – follow the link here for more information;
Schemes/Teaching Initiatives
  • Progressive school-designed reading curriculum;
  • ReadWrite Inc Phonics based on letters and sounds;
  • Daily phonics lessons for children on the ReadWrite programme;
  • 1:1 intervention for children where appropriate (comprehension and decoding/fluency);
  • Regular guided reading sessions;
  • At least fortnightly designated comprehension lessons.
Impact
  • At all transition points, children achieve at least higher than national averages;
  • Reading progress throughout the school is very high;
  • Confident, resilient learners;
  • An understanding and tolerance of diversity in our community and the world;
  • Rich vocabulary and strong understanding of the English language;
  • Children have a love of reading and writing for a purpose, they are fluent readers who seek out different genre of books;
  • Children understand the benefits of English in other areas and are ready for the next stage of their education.
Writing

At Barkston Ash Catholic primary school, we aim to develop able writers with secure understanding and application of basics of punctuation, language and spelling. We give children the opportunity to recognise and write a variety of genres. We aim to develop creativity in children, fostering enjoyment in creating imagery in poetry and story form.

Intent
  • We want children to have a vivid imagination and enjoy all aspects of English.
  • Highly developed vocabulary and knowledge of grammar, phonics and spelling.
  • Excellent knowledge of techniques involved in reading, writing and communicating.
  • An appreciation of the entertainment values of written work.
  • An exceptional talent for listening and responding.
  • Highly developed ability to tell stories that capture the interests and imagination.
  • Confidence to share their ideas and a respect for others opinions.
  • Pride in their work and strive for excellence in presentation.
Schemes/Teaching Initiatives
  • School-designed writing for purpose curriculum;
  • Weekly SPaG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) lessons;
  • Weekly extended writing sessions;
  • Half-termly spelling bee competition.
Implementation
  • We use a variety of long term texts to link to our carefully planned and tailored curriculum.
  • Purposeful opportunities for reading and writing.
  • Cross curricular consolidation and links
  • Streamed phonics through the ReadWrite inc phonics programme – follow the link here for more information;
Impact
  • All children make good or better progress.
  • Confident, resilient learners.
  • An understanding and tolerance of diversity in our community and the world.
  • Rich vocabulary and strong understanding of the English language.
  • Children have a love of reading and writing for a purpose, they are fluent readers who seek out different genre of books.
  • Children understand the benefits of English and maths in other areas and are ready for the next stage of their education.