English

Reading

We believe that reading is a fundamental skill for everyday life that opens a world of knowledge and imagination. Our key aim is to foster a real passion and enjoyment for reading through the use of high quality and diverse fiction and non-fiction texts, poetry, and rhymes. Our reading journey starts in the Early Years where children are exposed to a large range of high-quality stories, poems and rhymes fostering a language rich environment; this leads on to the teaching of decoding skills using ELS (Essential Letters and Sounds) to develop independent readers; finally, comprehension skills are developed using VIPERS question stems.  All children have access to a range of rich texts in year group libraries and book corners. Teachers help to foster the passion for reading by setting aside time daily, to read and share texts with the children. This facilitates a discussion on the text and exposes children to a wider vocabulary. 

Writing

We want to support our children to become enthusiastic, lively writers with an ability to express themselves through the written word with accuracy and fluency.
We want children to leave our school, fully equipped with the literacy skills to produce coherent, engaging, and consistent written communication.

The aims for teaching the Writing curriculum are to develop pupils who:

  • engage with exciting writing opportunities and experiences to become successful writers
  • acquire a wide vocabulary through exposure to a range of different writing materials
  • develop a solid understanding of grammar and apply it effectively in their writing
  • write clearly, accurately, and coherently
  • adapt their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes, and audiences
  • use their sound knowledge of phonics as a springboard to becoming fluent spellers in Key stage 2
  • learn how to spell new words effectively and where necessary, apply spelling patterns and rules
  • take pride in the presentation of their writing, in part by developing legible, joined handwriting style

These aims are embedded across our writing lessons and the wider curriculum. We believe that a secure knowledge and understanding of the English language is crucial to a high-quality education and will equip our children with the tools they need to participate fully as a member of society.

We follow our bespoke writing cycle, supported by both ‘Pathways to Write.’ and Talk 4 Writing. Units of work are delivered using high quality texts and children in all year groups are given varied opportunities for writing. Skills are built up through repetition within the units, and children apply these skills in the writing activities provided.  We believe that the use of high-quality writing texts provides children with an inspiring and engaging writing curriculum. We are also passionate about providing a diverse selection of authors and text styles throughout each academic year. Many opportunities for widening children’s vocabulary are given through the Pathways to Write approach and this builds on the extensive work we do in school to provide our children with a rich and varied vocabulary using Spelling Shed.

We have documents detailing our end of year expectations which can be viewed by clicking on the relevant links.

Phonics

At Wilfred Owen Primary School we are passionate about ensuring all children become confident and enthusiastic readers and writers. We believe that phonics provides the foundations of learning to make the development into fluent reading and writing easier. Through our scheme, Essential Letters and Sounds we ensure that children

  • apply phonic knowledge and skills as the route to decode words
  • respond speedily with the correct sound to graphemes (letters or groups of letters) for all 40+ phonemes, including, where applicable, alternative sounds for graphemes
  • read accurately by blending sounds in unfamiliar words containing GPCs that have been taught

We use the Department of Education accredited scheme, Essential Letters and Sounds. Our teaching of phonics starts in Nursery and continues into KS1 and beyond (where necessary). Through Essential Letters and Sounds, the children are taught the 44 phonemes that make up all the sounds required for reading and spelling. These phonemes include those made by just one letter and those that are made by two or more. Children work through the different phases and as they grow in confidence and experience, they are introduced to alternative ways of representing the same sound.

 

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