At East Acton we believe that a high quality curriculum in English will support pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development so all English work at East Acton is based around High Quality Texts (see below).
The key purpose of English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by giving pupils a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.
In early reading and writing, children are taught to develop their phonological awareness through the Read Write Inc program, which is a systematic and structured approach to phonics. These daily phonics lessons enable children to use their phonic knowledge to read and spell. Once children have acquired the skills to segment for spelling and blend for reading they are taught to develop their comprehension skills.
Read Write Inc. phonics is a programme that gets all children learning to read and write quickly and easily. It was developed by Ruth Miskin and has been widely used and tested in many schools. We started Read Write Inc. in 2011 and have been amazed at the speedy progress the vast majority of children have made.
Children learn their letters and sounds in reception and Year 1, with a few needing to continue beyond this.
When children arrive at East Acton Primary, they are assessed to see which sounds they know. From this assessment, children are allocated a Read Write Inc. group. At the core of Read Write Inc. is the lively and vigorous teaching of synthetic phonics. Children learn the 44 common sounds in the English language and how to sound-blend words for reading (de-coding) at the same time as developing handwriting skills and spelling (encoding). They read lively Storybooks and Non-fiction books with words they can decode, so they achieve early success in reading. The more sounds they know the greater the range of texts they can read.
You can support at home by reading with your child as often as possible - by helping your child develop a love of reading you will be helping to prepare them for success at school and in life!
We also use the following reading schemes to improve children's reading at school and at home: