Throughout Wroughton Infant School, our vision is that English ignites a spark in every child.
“Learning to read and discover is our children’s right...and their best hope for the future.” Michael Morpurgo
A passion for writing
A love for reading
An understanding of language
In the world that our children are growing up in, there are endless possibilities. At their finger-tips, opportunities await. To access and make the most of these chances, our children need strong communication skills in all forms: spoken, read or performed, composed, written or typed.
William Shakespeare believed that ‘writing and reading comes by nature’. At Wroughton Infant School, we agree and therefore strive to provide each child with the platform to not only gain a wealth of knowledge, but also develop a love for the English language.
When speaking and listening, we want our children to have freedom to play with performance, discuss passionately and be able to order and organise their thoughts into conversation.
When reading, be that alone or together, we encourage our children to imagine, experience the impossible and most of all learn. Reading widely and often, both for pleasure and information, develops many fundamental skills that can help propel progress in all areas of English.
A wide range of vocabulary and grammatical structures can be accessed, different audiences and purposes can be experienced and complicated life issues can be explored. We know a reader, even at the age of 5, becomes familiar with writers’ techniques without even realising it!
The repetition creates structure and builds suspense... Exclamation marks change how I read it... This story makes me think even I could go on a bear hunt!
When writing, we enable our children to explore structure, experiment with language and apply their understanding of taught techniques. Michael Morporgo claims that ‘To be a writer, you need to drink in the world around you so it’s always there in your head.’ As teachers, we work hard to create experiences that provide opportunities for writing - maybe a Roman march through the school grounds or a search for sea shells in the sand pit. Our children have been known to even witness a rocket crash in the Tree Area.
No idea is too big or too small. However, we encourage our children to be resilient: it is very rare that something is right the first time. Therefore, editing is vital; we work hard to teach how to check and improve writing. This is a tricky task for children, but with our purple pen we can do it!
Wroughton Infant School follows Read Write Inc. which was developed by Ruth Miskin and provides a structured and systematic approach to teaching literacy.
What are we reading at Wroughton Infant School?
The programmes of study for reading at key stages 1 and 2 consist of 2 dimensions:
- word reading and comprehension (both listening and reading)
It is essential that teaching focuses on developing pupils’ competence in both dimensions; different kinds of teaching are needed for each. Skilled word reading involves both the speedy working out of the pronunciation of unfamiliar printed words (decoding) and the speedy recognition of familiar printed words. Underpinning both is the understanding that the letters on the page represent the sounds in spoken words.
This is why phonics is emphasised in the early teaching of reading to beginners (ie unskilled readers) when they start school. Good comprehension draws from linguistic knowledge (in particular of vocabulary and grammar) and on knowledge of the world. Comprehension skills develop through pupils’ experience of high-quality discussion with the teacher, as well as from reading and discussing a range of stories, poems and non-fiction.
All pupils must be encouraged to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world they live in, to establish an appreciation and love of reading, and to gain knowledge across the curriculum. Reading widely and often increases pupils’ vocabulary because they encounter words they would rarely hear or use in everyday speech. Reading also feeds pupils’ imagination and opens up a treasure house of wonder and joy for curious young minds.
It is essential that, by the end of their primary education, all pupils are able to read fluently, and with confidence.
Our intention is to crack mechanical reading earlier.
Implementation in Key Stage 1
- Year 1 and year 2 follow Read Write Inc. (RWI) rigorously.
- When children complete the scheme, children move onto Bug Club.
- Anyone finishing KS1 still remaining on RWI will be assessed. If RWI is still needed, this can be discussed. RWI teaching can still take place in year 3 at Wroughton Junior School.
Reading Schemes at Wroughton
- Read, Write Inc books link to the phases of phonics being taught in school.
- Bug Club offers a range of books which are finely-levelled aiming to encourage accelerated progress. It is matched to the new curriculum. So not only will it promote a love for reading and also embed phonic teaching.
Writing & Handwriting
At Wroughton Infant School, we introduce cursive handwriting early and follow this all the way through the Infant and Junior school. This then allows a quick transition to beautiful joined handwriting when the children are ready.
Letter formation Powerpoint (run slideshow for it to become interactive)
It is our aim that every child should be enabled to develop a fluent legible style of handwriting. Capital and lower case letters should be used appropriately and the letter size should be consistent. We will provide opportunities for children to develop, practice and perfect skills and provide targeted support to any child experiencing difficulty.
What is SPAG?
English grammar, punctuation and spelling is taught as a golden thread through all aspects of our English curriculum. The documents below help explain what some of the terminology is and provide lists of words that children will be taught to spell as part of the English curriculum.