English, Reading and Writing

Phonics

We teach phonics using the Read,Write inc. scheme, supported by some additional resources from Phonics Play. In class, children read the high quality phonically decodable books that accompany the RWI scheme. Children take home phonically decodable reading books and books which focus on High Frequency words from the Oxford Reading Tree scheme. We have a range of phonetically decodable books which children work through as they are introduced to new sounds. There are fiction and non-fiction books within the Oxford Reading Tree scheme to ensure the children access a variety of genres, even as they first learn to read. Alongside these, children may choose a non-scheme book at share at home so that they have a balance of phonetic and key-word based books.

Guided Reading

Throughout the EYFS and key stage one, children have a guided reading lesson every day using the RWI books. We also use the Oxford Reading Tree Guided Reading scheme for this, alongside RWI materials
In key stage two, children continue to develop their reading through daily guided reading sessions and we have a wide range of differentiated novels and non-fiction books to support this.

Developing Reading for Pleasure

We have a well-loved library area in the school, where children can come and borrow books of their choice. Older children take on the role of librarians and encourage other to love and respect books and reading.
We are part of the Shropshire Library Gold service and through this, we are able to access e-readers, story sacks and other high quality resources to enhance our reading provision.
Our fiction book stock is shared between the classes. Most non-fiction is classified and held in the central library. Children are encouraged to take reading material home each day and to use a home/school diary.
An overview of the end of year expectations for English can be found below: