In September 2014 the New Primary Curriculum was introduced. A major focus of the new curriculum is to raise the standard of English. As a school we set challenging targets for our pupils and through rigorous assessment we aim to ensure that EVERY child reaches their potential. We work together as a team to support and increase all children’s access to excellent teaching, exciting and successful learning.
Here at Ivington CE Primary School the teaching of synthetic phonics has been identified as providing “young children the best and most direct route to becoming skilled readers and writers” – Rose Report. With this in mind we have taught ‘Read, Write Inc.’, a proven and successful synthetic phonic scheme for many years. Read, Write Inc. is taught in daily lessons and has a clearly defined structured progression. It employs a variety of learning styles and places high value on the importance of speaking and listening through partner work. It ensures that all children, whatever their ability, work at a level appropriate for their needs. Children in KS1 and KS2 who complete the programme progress onto Literacy and Language. Children in Class 4 who have difficulty with reading and writing have the opportunity to participate in the Read, Write Inc. ‘Fresh Start’. Spelling is taught throughout both Key Stages, continuing to develop the children’s knowledge of phonics. The teaching of Grammar and Punctuation is embedded within the scheme.
The children have the opportunity to develop their storytelling and writing skills through extended writing sessions and enjoy the ‘Storytelling’ approach developed by Pie Corbett. All children have story time daily, and this may include listening to, and learning poetry. Literacy unites the important skills of reading and writing, and also involves speaking and listening. Good oral work is an important part of the process through which pupils read and compose texts. Drama is taught to develop creativity through Speaking and Listening. We ensure that the children have regular opportunities to experience ‘live theatre’ and work with professionals. Wherever possible, cross-curricular links are made and the children have the opportunity to “publish” their work for an appropriate audience. English skills are reinforced and developed throughout the curriculum. Handwriting and presentation are given high priority.
Our school is well resourced for English. The children are encouraged to select their own reading books from the ever-growing selection of fiction and non-fiction books. Our library is computerised, allowing the children the opportunity to practise research skills and become involved in reviewing books they have read. Storytelling is well provided for by using Story Sacks and the Story Chest.
We view daily reading as an essential part of English homework, to develop skills in reading and comprehension. In addition, it provides an opportunity for children to practise and consolidate skills and knowledge from the daily lesson. We have a range of fiction and non-fiction texts within the library organised in ‘book bands’ so ensure that the children are reading books at a level appropriate for the developing skills of decoding and comprehension.
We hold regular meetings with parents to explain teaching methods and discuss their children’s progress. We are in the process of developing our website to provide extra ideas for parents to share with their children and intend to consult with parents as to how we can help further.