At St Louis we use learning ladders to show the progression of learning and skills in each subject across KS1 and KS2. Click on the Reading & Writing ladder to view.
Our Reading & Writing Intent
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Our Reading Approach
Learning to read is one of the most important things your child will learn at our school. Everything else depends on it, so we put as much energy as we possibly can into making sure that every single child learns to read as quickly as possible.
We want your child to love reading – and to want to read for themselves. This is why we work hard to make sure children develop a love of books as well as simply learning to read. We start by teaching phonics in Reception using the highly successful ‘Read Write Inc’ phonics programme. Children learn how to ‘read’ the sounds in words and how those sounds can be written down. This is essential for reading, but it also helps children learn to spell well. The children also practise reading (and spelling) ‘tricky words’, such as ‘once,’ ‘have,’ ‘said’ and ‘where’.
Once children can blend sounds together to read words, they practise reading books that match the phonics and the ‘tricky words’ they know. They start to believe they can read and this does wonders for their confidence. All children in KS1 take part in the RWI programme to continue to develop and consolidate their skills as readers. We check children’s reading skills regularly so we that we can ensure the teaching of reading is appropriate.
In Key Stage 2 (years 3, 4, 5 and 6,) the children undertake regular RIC reading sessions with the staff in their class, have a wide selection of reading materials to choose from and projects linked to reading, with rewards systems for encouragement.
In both KS1 and KS2 the children are regularly read to by the teachers, too, so the children get to know and love all sorts of stories, poetry and information books. This helps to extend children’s vocabulary and comprehension, as well as supporting their writing. All children across the school have access to class reading areas, library time and a range of quality texts providing interest and challenge. Experiencing such text improves children’s attitude to reading helping them to develop into creative writers.
As part of our reading offer we encourage all children to read regularly at home and ask parents to support us in this. Please follow the link to our homework page to find out more about our school/home reading scheme along with helpful links to support reading at home.
Please click on the link to view our Reading offer in full.
Our Writing Approach
We believe that teaching children to understand the power of writing is an important part of our job as teachers. We believe that if we equip the children with the correct writing tools, they will be able to use them effectively within a literate world.
We provide a stimulating writing environment in which we offer encouragement and good quality modelling of writing. We have clear expectations of writing and communicate these targets to the children. We have high expectations of the finished writing product and encourage the children to maintain the same standards at all times.
At St Louis we use the The Literacy Curriculum: Literacy Tree Scheme to ensure a thematic, book-based approach to primary English.
- Understand the power of writing and equip them to use it well.
- Enjoy writing and to be competent, confident and not to hesitate in putting their ideas on paper.
- Recognise the need to adapt their writing to suit a range of audiences and purposes.
- Use the most appropriate form of writing for a given task.
- Use spelling and grammar accurately and with confidence.
- A fluent and legible handwriting style in which to write.
- To support children in planning and drafting their own work.
- To revise and edit work in progress.
- To provide resources to support children and to develop their independence in the use of resources.
As part of our homework policy we ask children to practice weekly spellings to develop and consolidate their writing skills. Please follow the link to our homework page for details of termly spellings for each year group along with information about how you can support your child.
Please also see our 'Homework' page for details on reading at home and spellings.