Our approach to reading & phonics

We are a “Get Reading. Keep Reading. Change Everything.” school.

We use the highly successful Read Write Inc. Phonics programme to teach our children to read, write and spell. Our children do well in the phonics screening check and by Year 2, the majority are fluent readers with the best chance of success in the KS1 tests.

Ruth Miskin Training recognise us for teaching the programme with fidelity and passion – we know what it takes to make reading and writing pleasurable and rewarding for our children.

This badge recognises that we:

Raise standards in reading and writing for our children

Are all expertly trained by Ruth Miskin Training – including our headteacher and deputy headteacher.

Gain the latest programme updates through regular visits from our Ruth Miskin Consultant Trainer

Support our most vulnerable readers with extra one-to-one teaching every day.

Children are taught RWI from the summer term in Nursery until Year 2 and beyond this if children need to catch up.  Children are grouped according to their reading level, rather than their year group. This means that children do not struggle because the work is too difficult or get bored because the work is too easy.  Children are assessed each half term to ensure that they are in the appropriate group.

In EYFS, KS1 and KS2 we use Oxford reading tree as a basis for our home reader scheme.

As well as being given a home-school reading book, all children receive high quality reading opportunities in school through shared, independent, guided and whole-class reading activities.

From Y2 to Y6 children follow a weekly cycle of whole class reading to develop the skills of comprehending text. They work on visualisation, summarising, predicting, questioning, clarifying and learn when to use background knowledge to help them understand what they are reading.

Comprehension test style activities are used regularly to help children answer questions coherently in test situations, preparing them for end of KS1 and end of KS2 SATS exams.

Further information for parents

What our children say in Year 5 and 6: –
“I love science because I enjoy working practically. Our school has a great gardening club which I help to run. We won an award last year. “

Aaron, Pupil Voice

What our children say in Year 5 and 6: –
“I have learned how to do ratio and proportion using the bar model method. I love the CUC programme because I am much speedier at times tables facts now. “

Leah, Pupil Voice

What our children say in Year 5 and 6: –
“My great-grandma and great grandad were in the WW2. Great grandad fought and great grandma made bullets. This is why I love learning about history and the past. “

Michael, Pupil Voice

What our children say in Year 5 and 6: –
“I love art because I can explore different concepts. You can learn to portray different shapes and anatomy when you draw or paint. I want to be a graphic artist when I grow up”

Evie, Pupil Voice

What our children say in Year 5 and 6: –
“I love basketball and table tennis because you can earn medals for effort. We don’t win at football because we don’t have a field to practise on but I don’t mind because I love football anyway. “

Ehan, Pupil Voice

What our children say in Year 5 and 6: –
“I like this school. I have learnt to speak English quickly; I have learned English in 10 months. “

Mirra, Pupil Voice

What our children say in Year 5 and 6: –
“I love to read because it helps me to get ideas in my head which I can use in my own writing. “

Jessica, Pupil Voice

What our children say in Year 5 and 6: –
“Writing and maths are my best lessons. I like to get my punctuation and grammar right. I also like table tennis club after school because my skills are getting better and better. “

Jayden, Pupil Voice

What our children say in Year 5 and 6: –
“I got really good at decimals today and bit by bit, I am getting better. I like to look after our environment and I do litter picking at play and lunchtimes. “

Hazel, Pupil Voice