English Statement of Intent
At Simms Cross Primary School, we aim to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping children with a strong command of the spoken and written word. Spoken language underpins the development of reading and writing. The quality and variety of language that pupils hear and speak are vital for developing their vocabulary, grammar and their understanding.
In order to support the planning and delivery of writing, ‘Read to Write’ units are used across the school to strengthen this process. The units have been carefully mapped out so the entire statutory curriculum for English is covered for each year group. They also enable opportunities to draw upon the wider curriculum, supporting enrichment. The units empower teachers to provide high-quality teaching of writing through high-quality literature which links to our ‘Steps to Read’ program. These detailed units of work centre on engaging, vocabulary-rich texts, with a wealth of writing opportunities within and across the curriculum and they also signpost wider curriculum enrichments.
In KS1 the children are exposed to a systematic phonics approach (Read Write Inc) which makes strong links between reading and spelling. From Years 1-6, teachers follow the Rising Stars scheme to provide a clear, weekly teaching focus and progression pathway. When writing, children are encouraged to adopt a cursive style through the use of ‘Letter join’. This begins in Year 1 by using a pre-cursive style.
Our intent is to provide pupils with a high-quality education in English, that will teach them to speak, read and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others effectively.
At Simms Cross Primary we promote a strong love of reading, ensuring every child becomes a reader and has access to a wide variety of texts.
We start our reading journey through phonics (Read, Write Inc) in nursery. The pupils continue to build on their phonic skills throughout EYFS and KS1, learning the 44 different sounds, reading and spellings of a variety of ‘red, tricky’ common exception words. Our phonics lessons are fun, interactive and linked to a range of phonetically decodable books and spellings.
As children become more independent with their reading, they have access to a wide range of books with a rich vocabulary. Children have many opportunities to read for pleasure, take part in instructional guided groups as well as structured, shared reading sessions in ‘Steps to Read’, where children investigate the techniques of the writer. This enables our children to make strong links between reading and writing.
Our aim is to develop a whole school love of reading, making every child a reader and developing a love of books.
We offer our pupils a range of support to ensure they become successful readers. We timetable phonics interventions in KS1 and lower KS2 to support the development of key skills. Children also have access to an online reading programme called Lexia which supports the development of oral language, reading, spelling and writing skills and is personalised to each child’s needs. In KS2, IDL is also used to provide specific intervention for spelling and reading.
We encourage all our pupils to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction and to listen to teachers modelling reading to develop their knowledge and vocabulary. This allows access to texts which they may not choose the read for themselves.
It is our intention to ensure that, by the end of their primary education, all pupils are able to read fluently, and with confidence, in any subject in their forthcoming secondary education, as well as having a personal enjoyment of reading.
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