At Reedswood, we believe that at the heart of a successful curriculum there is a strong reading curriculum.
Being able to read and comprehend underpins all future learning. Therefore, all children will have the same aim – to read fluently with understanding.
We have designed our curriculum to ensure we promote a love of reading and to enjoy reading for pleasure. Our intent is to create a long-lasting impact upon our children where they will take great enjoyment from reading books and become excited about reading, the stories, characters and knowledge they will encounter.
We want our children to experience a broad range of stories from diverse authors and to gain a greater understating of the world they live in through interacting with information in texts.
Throughout the children’s time at our academy, they will be guided along a path, which will follow a consistent approach to develop their skills and knowledge in Reading.
Beginning in Early Years, our children will be taught to recognise the alphabetical system, the processes of decoding and to understand the grapheme/phoneme correspondence through phonics. We follow a comprehensive and systematic approach to the teaching of phonics (RWI).
As Reading is, however, a complex skill far beyond the mere mechanics of decoding our whole school reading curriculum embeds a range of approaches along side a vast array of reading experiences. Our teaching enables all of our children to actively interact with the text and seek meaning from it. From this, children will be able to further interact with texts to develop a stronger connection with the content.
Progress in Reading
Our Writing curriculum is designed to immerse the children in high quality texts to stimulate their creative ideas to plan, write and edit pieces of writing of their own.
Following on from Ruth Miskin ‘Read Write Inc’, our fluent readers in Years 2 to Year 6 follow ‘Literacy and Language’ which teaches our children to read, write and discuss texts with maturity. Through a complete range of text types our children study comprehension, vocabulary and grammatical knowledge and apply to longer writing opportunities at the end of each unit of study. This knowledge and skill acquisition is progressively mapped out across the school.
In addition to our Literacy and Language programme we capitalise on the engagement and depth of knowledge gain from whole class text to plan further writing experiences. This includes writing an apology letter from Duncan to a crayon (Year 2); write a diary entry as Matilda retelling an event (Year 3) and creating a short play script between Charles and Sophie (Year 6).
We want to say that the knowledge and understanding they gain from a variety of texts allows the children to develop into confident and creative writers. Through exploring elements of grammar, vocabulary and exploring different writers’ skills allows them to build upon their own writing technique.
Progress in Writing