At Spetisbury we are passionate about English. Our aim in reading is to give our children the skills they need to read with great fluency, expression and understanding and most importantly to foster a love of reading. In writing, we aim to give the children the ingredients to write creatively and imaginatively while including a range of grammar and punctuation features to make their writing the best it can possibly be. Writing is like making a cake, you need all of the ingredients to make the best cake you have ever tasted!
Literacy lessons are carefully planned to be progressive, stimulate children's imaginations and creativity and promote high standards of writing. Each lesson builds on the previous days learning, building up to a piece of extended writing, in which the children include the grammar and punctuation features learnt. Teachers mark the children's Literacy work carefully celebrating the things the children have done well and suggesting ways to improve their writing further.
To ensure the children are taught a range of text types throughout the school, we have mapped out the writing genres to ensure our teaching of these is progressive and ensures breadth of coverage and depth of understanding.
Recently, we held a School Book Week themed around pirates. On the first day, everyone dressed up as pirates and we held a special pirate assembly. During the week, the children took part in a variety of pirate themed activities and wrote pirate stories. At the end of each day, parents and teachers shared stories with small groups of children, which was a great way to end the day. We all loved Pirate Book Week. I wonder what our next years theme will be? Some of our pirate stories are on display in the main school building.
The government strongly recommend the use of synthetic phonics when teaching early literacy skills to children. Synthetic phonics is simply the ability to convert a letter or letter group into sounds that are then blended together into a word.
Here at the Spetisbury CE Primary School, we are using the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with their literacy. RWI is a method of learning based upon letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their reading and writing.
Reading opens the door to learning. A child who reads a lot will become a good reader. A good reader will be able to read more challenging material. A child who can read more challenging material is a child who will learn. The more a child learns, the more he or she will want to find out.
Using RWI, the children learn to read effortlessly so they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read. It also allows them to spell effortlessly so they can put all their energy into composing what they write.
The children are assessed regularly and grouped according to their ability. They will work with a RWI trained teacher or teaching assistant. In addition to the RWI, children will also be working on writing skills in their classes with their own teacher.
The Read Write Inc Manager at the Spetisbury CE Primary School is Mr Baxter. If you have any questions or need any guidance on the programme, please pop into the school office or give him a call and an appointment can be made for you.