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How are Literacy Lessons taught at Wellhouse?

 

                               

 

Children at Wellhouse School are taught literacy using the Ruth Miskin ‘Read Write Inc’ phonics programme from Reception Year onwards. For the majority of children they will have completed the programme by the end of Year 2. Our priority is for all children to complete Key Stage 1 being able to read and decode unfamiliar words fluently. The aim of the programme is to get children off the programme.

 

Children are grouped according to ability and the sounds they recognise and can read. Groups of children are small and consist of approximately 8 children. All groups are taught phonics by a Ruth Miskin trained teacher.

 

Once children have reached the end of the programme and know the majority of common sounds found in the English language they then move into peer groups working alongside children of a similar age on the Literacy and Language programme which builds upon the phonics work of Read Write Inc. For more information please see the links below or come into school to speak to any of our trained members of staff.

 

https://global.oup.com/education/content/primary/series/rwi/;j
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http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/

      

What if my child has not completed the programme by the end of Year 2?

 

While the majority of children will have completed the programme by year 2 there will be some children who have not made the expected progress. There may be many reasons for this and is certainly not something that parents should be alarmed about. What we do know about children is that they all learn at different rates.

For those children who have not reached the end of the programme they will continue to work in the smaller phonics focused groups until we feel they are secure to move off the programme. This will be working alongside children of their ability in a supportive environment to ensure they do not have gaps in their phonics knowledge which will impede their learning later on.

 

It may be appropriate for children to receive 1:1 Read Write Inc boosters if there progress has slowed down. This will be with a RWI trained teacher for 10 minutes each afternoon.

 

There is also a Fresh Start programme for the Key Stage 2 children who need some additional support to boost their phonics knowledge, comprehension and written literacy skills as they move through school.

   

 

What do the Read Write Inc. resources look like?

 

The RWI resources were purchased within the last three years and are regularly replenished to keep our stocks up to date. They are written in a clear font with illustrations that are engaging and colourful. The paper is coloured so that it can be more easily read by dyslexic pupils. A sample of photographs below show the range of resources available.

 

In each room where Read Write Inc is taught there is a RWI display which shows a consistency throughout school so that children can access the necessary sounds and key words when working in their groups. These evolve as the group works through the programme.

 

     

 

What else does school do to support my child in literacy?

 

Reading Friends

Throughout school we run the Reading Friends programme led by Miss Swales and supported by a team of trained volunteers. This takes place each Tuesday afternoon and the volunteers hear children read 1:1 for 20 minutes over a 10 week period. Assessments are made of children’s reading ability at the beginning and ending of the programme. We have seen excellent progress made by children on this programme and the sessions are thoroughly enjoyed by both the reading volunteers and the children alike. At the end of the programme children receive a certificate of achievement. The children placed on the programme are chosen by the class teacher on an individual needs basis. This programme is for children who require a boost in their reading and not for children who have a reading delay. If you would like some more information about the programme or would like to volunteer please come into school and speak to Miss Swales.

 

The latest Reading Friends information is shown below:

 

 

Reading Age September

Reading Age

December

Progress

Pupil 1

6 years 10 months

6 years 10 months

0 months

Pupil 2

8 years 1 month

8 years 4 months

3 months

Pupil 3

6 years

7 years 1 month

13 months

Pupil 4

8 years 7 months

9 years 4 months

9 months

Pupil 5

6 years 10 months

7 years 1 month

3 months

Pupil 6

8 years 7 months

9 years 1 month

6 months

Pupil 7

7 years 1 month

7 years 10 months

9 months

Pupil 8

8 years 5 months

8 years 8 months

3 months

Pupil 9

6 years

7 years 1 month

13 months

Pupil 10

8 years 4 months

8 years 4 months

0 months

Pupil 11

5 years 10 months

6 years 5 months

7 months

 

The average rate of progress for all pupils on the programme in Autumn Term was 6 months.

 

Stiles

Stiles is a comprehension aid that we use in school with pupils to support their understanding of text. This is mostly used for our older children and is a current intervention being run for Class 3 pupils to ensure they have a good understanding of the text and what they have read.

 

What is in place for my child if they are working above the national expectations in literacy?

For some children literacy is a natural gift and they excel in this area. Where this is the case the school follows recent government guidance which advocates children working within their own year groups to deepen and broaden children’s knowledge and understanding in all areas of the curriculum. We have several ways in which we can nurture children’s talents and enthusiasm in literacy. For the last few years we have taken part in the BBC Radio 2’s 500 Words competition which gives children the freedom to express themselves freely in written composition, away from the normal objectives set out for children in lesson times. We also celebrate World Book Day and this year will be hosting a Poetry Slam. Watch this space… There is a library for children to select books for reading pleasure and Mrs O’Dwyer holds a reading club each Monday lunchtime for those with a keen interest in reading.

 

How are reading books organised?

Each class has their own system for organising and issuing reading books for children to take home. This will be set out for parents at the beginning of the school year. For some children it will be appropriate for them to bring home phonics based books and for others they will be encouraged to broaden their reading through selecting free choice books both fiction and non-fiction. If you have any questions about the reading books your child is bringing home please see your child’s class teacher.

 

What is the expectation for me as a parent to support my child’s literacy development?

We advocate that parents hear their child read at least twice a week and write the books they have read along with a comment in their child’s planner. This helps the class teacher to track what children are reading and interested in outside of school and when children are ready for their books to be changed. We know that a strong home-school partnership benefits children greatly and you know your children best. However, the more you hear your child read the better and the results will be evident.

 

It is not just hearing your child read but also reading to your child. Whatever their age and ability, reading to children has huge benefits as children can often understand more complex texts than they can read themselves and through reading to them you will be opening up a whole world of new vocabulary, ideas and interests that will help their imaginations grow.

 

Your child may receive literacy specific homework in the form of research, grammar, reading, comprehension and writing activities as well as spellings to learn. Please support your child in accessing this homework and speak to the class teacher if your child had difficulty with any of the homework which has been set. This can help the class teacher clear up any misconceptions and support children who are finding applying literacy content which has been taught in class independently at home.

 

 

What do I do if I have concerns about my child’s progress in literacy?

In the first instance you should speak to your child’s class teacher. They may already have things in place to support your child or can make arrangements for children to have additional time working on areas which are of concern. The class teacher will also liaise with the SENCO and other colleagues who may be able to support your child.

 

How does the school track and monitor my child’s literacy development?

It is the responsibility of the class teacher to track and monitor your child’s progress in all subject areas. Previously this was in the form of levels but this system is changing in line with government expectations. Details of how children will be assessed will be available for parents in the near future.

 

Each term the class teacher meets with the head to look at the progress of all the pupils in their class. This helps to identify as early as possible any children who are not making the expected progress, those who are on track and any children exceeding the progress expected of a pupil of that age group. Appropriate provision can then be made to support and extend pupils appropriately.

 

As the literacy leader across the federation it is also the responsibility of the Deputy Head Miss Swales to track and monitor progress in reading and ensure that resources, teaching and learning are being delivered appropriately and in line with both the school policy and government regulations.

 

Is there a school library?

There is a very well stocked library which acts as both a teaching area and library for pupils to select books each week for reading pleasure. Mrs O’Dwyer keeps the books regularly updated and purchases any special interest books and new releases. She also runs a Reading Club once a week in the library where children can enjoy books for pleasure and take part in games and activities linked to reading such as making book marks, completing reading quizzes and competitions.

 

To encourage children to read and return books on a regular basis children can collect ‘stars’ for exchanging their books at regular intervals and they can work towards certificates, book marks, pencils and rubbers for bringing their books back each week throughout the year.

 

Please see the pictures below which show our school library in operation:

 

 

We also welcome the Scholastic Book Fair biannually for children to purchase books, helping us to raise funds to restock our books in school. Thank you to all the parents who use this facility.

 

What does the government say about literacy?

Please follow the link below to read the government national curriculum documents for English.

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-english-programmes-of-study

 

Who oversees literacy across school?

Literacy is led by Mr Bradbury acros the Federation with the support of other members of the school team. They are responsible for ensuring the delivery of the school’s English policy which reflects government guidelines. Mrs Kenworthy, the Head Teacher, has overall responsibility and feedback on a regular basis to the literacy governor Miss Suzanna Meese.