English, Phonics & Reading
The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!
English lessons provide a wonderful opportunity for creativity, passion and ‘Pride through Achievement’ – our school mission statement.
English lessons are taught daily as a discrete lesson and with cross curricular links. We teach the National Curriculum in an exciting and innovative way through dramatic performances, the use of quality texts and ICT. A passion for the English language is promoted in all classes.
Our pupils are exposed to a wide variety of topics, genres and authors to help instill a passion and enthusiasm for reading. Children gain a deeper appreciation of different texts and learn to translate this into their own writing. We incorporate the latest technology into teaching English, making lessons interactive and enabling pupil collaboration in class. Reading, writing and speaking and listening are all promoted through various activities such as book fairs, world book day, character days, writing competitions, Reading Month, drama groups and external workshops.
In the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, we deliver a consistent approach to phonics using Phonics Play and the DfE’s Letters and Sounds scheme.
Every child in EYFS and Key Stage One work through the programme to help them decode, (sound out), words that they read and spell. Reading is linked into understanding what they have read and also links into short writing activities.
Reading is a vital skill for all children to learn.
It allows them to access information needed in all areas of the curriculum at school, helping them to achieve in all subjects. Reading is also a lifelong skill which the children will use in their everyday lives, opening up the doorway to learning and exploring the world in which we live.
Our reading books are graded using the ‘Book Bands’ system. We use a range of schemes including the Oxford Reading Tree. We support the children’s progress through these books and promote the ‘love’ for reading across the curriculum using class and the main library. Each child is heard reading daily and they take part in Guided Reading activities. Reading books are changed twice a week. Teachers and teaching assistants question the children’s understanding of their reading book and support them in their progress. More children are targeted on reading for meaning.
We are incredibly fortunate that we have a group of volunteers from,‘Tetley Tea’ (Tata Global Beverages) listen to children read over 3 lunchtimes. This really supports our community focus for the school. We hope that other large companies in the area will be able to contribute to Oldfield in a similar fashion in the future!