At Weyford Nursery and Primary, early reading is taught using synthetic phonics as the main approach. Pupils are systematically taught phonemes, how to blend the sounds and how to segment the sounds in order to write words. Children are taught to use phonics as their first approach to reading and spelling unknown words. In addition to this, children are taught high frequency words, words which do not completely follow the rules of phonics.
As a school we follow the government published programme ‘Letters and Sounds’. Phonics is taught whole class daily for 15-20 minutes within key stage 1. Teachers use a variety of techniques to make these sessions multi-sensory. Children who require extra support in acquiring their sounds will be given this in addition to their daily phonics lesson.
Children in year 1 will undertake the government’s statutory phonics test at the end of the year. For more information on this please click on the link below.
From year 2-6 as a school we follow the ‘No Nonsense’ spelling programme. The focus of the programme is on the teaching of spelling, exploring the spelling conventions – patterns and rules; but integral to the teaching is the opportunity to promote the learning of spellings, including statutory words, common exceptions and personal spellings.
Reading Key stage 1
To support children in their early reading, all our reading books are colour banded. Your child will be assessed by their teacher and be given a colour band to choose their home reading book from.
Reading Key stage 2
Each child is re tested when entering key stage 2. All the books are colour coded and a colour is allocated to the child dependant on their reading age.
Children are encouraged to change these reading books and are independent in doing so. These books enable children to develop their phonic skills as well as comprehension abilities. Each band includes books from a range of reading schemes allowing children to experience a wide range of genres.
To develop their reading skills children will participate in Guided Reading Sessions. These sessions provide teachers with the opportunity to teach children reading and comprehension skills. During these guided sessions children will learn how to analyse texts, answer questions and use non-fiction texts. Independent jobs during guided reading enable children to continue to develop these skills and access online books using the computers and ipads
At the heart of our reading curriculum is developing children’s love of reading. Children in all year groups have a weekly visit to our well-stocked library where they are able to take a book out. Our library contains books from a variety of genres and caters for all interests. As a school we believe it is important children are independent in choosing which book they take home whatever reading ability they may be.
Within key stage one each class has a book corner that is inviting and changed regularly to meet children’s interests. The book corners are stocked with books from the library and will contain books from the same author allowing children to become familiar with different authors.
We believe in providing our children with writing opportunities that are purposeful and relevant to their interests. To inspire children to write teachers use a variety of techniques such as visual literacy, literature, school trips and drama. Children are taught English in their classrooms and their individual needs are supported.
Our English curriculum is based on the New National Curriculum for English. The emphasis of the new objectives allows us to teach grammar and spelling in greater depth, which enables children to gain a greater understanding of the spoken and written language. Each unit of work have a clear purpose, audience and form. The children themselves are asked to decide on who and how they would like to present their work as they move up through the key stages. Teaching the children to write a variety of ways allows the school to promote high standards of language and literacy.
Children’s writing is supported by working walls in every classroom, which illustrate the learning journey during a teaching unit. It enables children to see examples of the genre they are writing, provide them with some success criteria and key word support.
We follow the ‘Teach Handwriting’ programme within school. This is cursive approach to handwriting, which begins in year R and moves up throughout the school. Within the programme children learn how to form their letters correctly, in addition to the correct way to join. It also focusses on ascenders and descenders being formed correctly.