At St John & St James Primary School, we recognise that literacy and communication are key life skills and that through the English curriculum we support children to develop the skills and knowledge that will enable them to communicate effectively and creatively, through spoken and written language. We aim to provide a rich and stimulating environment, where speaking and listening, reading and writing are an integral part of everything we do in order to foster a love of reading, writing and drama.
Every day, children take part in a carefully planned reading session. They work in groups in a highly structured reading programme led by skilled, trained adults. Rec and KS1 Classes also have daily phonics lessons. We use Read, Write Oxford Reading Tree resources in school to support progression in reading. Children in reception and key stage one will be given a book to take home from the Oxford Reading Tree scheme.
At St John and St James we have implemented a new phonics scheme since September 2019. Read Write Inc is a literacy program used to teach reading. This has been developed by Ruth Miskin to provide a structured and systematic approach to literacy and reading. Read Write Inc was created and designed to develop fluency and accuracy in reading. The aim of the program is for children to move quickly as possible into higher reading level groups, where they become confident readers and can self-select their own books and read completely independently.
Read Write Inc starts from our Nursery which encourages our younger children to be exposed to sounds and early reading at a very young age. This is then built on into Reception and KS1.
Children learn various skills to help and encourage them to read in an exciting way by learning to blend with Fred the puppet, decoding words like robots and developing their comprehension through short fun stories. As part of the program children read alien (nonsense) words which are phonetically decodable including being able to make up their own alien names which continues to develop their understanding of sound blending knowledge. Read Write Inc provides a close link to writing opportunities where they become more confident writers.
Read Write Inc is also used to support those new to English as well as children who may need extra support with reading.
All staff who teach Read Write Inc have regular coaching and are highly skilled in teaching phonics.
Please click on the link below for further information on Read Write Inc.
Remember to always encourage your child to talk about reading, ask them what sounds they learned, share endless stories with them at home and never forget to praise them!
Reading at home
Reading with your child can have long-lasting benefit for their future and there a lots of ways you can help your child get more out of reading a story. Reading together for 10 minutes a day can make all the difference. Have a look at the sheets below for ideas about what to do when reading with your child.
KS1 & EYFS parents
World Book Day
We’re celebrating World Book Day on Friday 2nd March. Find out more about our World Book Day competition.
In Key Stage 2, children are encouraged to make free choices of books based on their own interests from the class book area. In years 3-6, children follow a structured reading programme that builds on key reading skills every week using a set text. This programme is named ‘ Destination Reader’.
Every class is equipped with a book corner with a range of fiction and non- fiction which children can use for their home reading books as well as our school library.
The rules of grammar are taught as part of a unit of work. Children will also practise their speaking and listening skills as drama activities are included in the units of work.
Spellings and handwriting are taught separately in discrete lessons. We use a cursive script for writing which children are introduced to from reception.
We are very fortunate to have a very well stocked library. All children get to visit the library every other week and the library is open during lunchtime for children to use.