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English

Vision

Throughout the Federation, our vision is that English ignites a spark in every child.

“Without receiving knowledge, pupils have learned nothing and no progress has been made.” Amanda Spielman

“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 Primary Federation, 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!

For example:


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!


Phonics

Wroughton Infant School follows Read Write Inc. which was developed by Ruth Miskin, and provides a structured and systematic approach to teaching literacy.

Thank you to all parents that attended the Read Write Inc workshops and for the very positive feedback. We hope that you find the resources useful.

Complex Sound Chart

Read Write Inc. Parent Information

Read Write Inc. parent Workshop

Read Write Inc.- Books Colour Progression Chart

Read Write Inc Letter Formation

Simple Speed Sounds Chart


Useful Websites:

Read, Write Inc. Phonics

Complex Alphabetic Code: www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAL9VD6Lz9Y



Reading

What are we reading at Wroughton Federation?

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 KS1

  • Y1 and Y2 follow Read Write Inc. (RWI) rigorously.
  • When children complete the scheme, less confident readers will move to Talisman and the others will move to Bug Club.
  • Anyone finishing KS1 still remaining on RWI will be assessed. If RWI is still needed, this can be discussed. Provision RWI teaching can still take place in Y3.

Implementation KS2

  • Those that finish RWI will move to Talisman .
  • All other Y3 and Y4 readers will follow Bug Club .
  • In Y5 and Y6, Some children may still be following Talisman or will have moved to Bug Club.
  • All other Y5 and Y6 readers, will be ‘free readers’. Their book choices will be monitored through termly 1:1 reading and Bug Club can be used for those who need or want more structure.

Reading Schemes at Wroughton

  • 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.
  • Following the same character on an adventure,Totem starts at CVC level the books progress at a faster pace through adjacent consonants, consonant digraphs and alternative vowel spellings. This series shares the same phonic progression as the Alba Series and can be used in parallel.
  • Talisman starting with the sound ‘ae’, each of the 10 books in the first series introduces one phoneme and its alternative spellings. Shares the same phonic progression as the Rescue Series and can be used in parallel. Progress to Titan’s with more alternative vowel, consonant spellings and common Latin Suffixes and then move to Talisman 2 which introduces further alternative vowel, consonant spellings, and common Latin suffixes.

How to use Bug Club and Bug Club Explained

Example Reading Assessment Paper

Guidance For Reading Records

Reading Skills Explained and Objectives For Readers

100 Primary Fiction Books

Guided Reading - Pupil Feedback

Whole Federation Guided Reading Book List.pdf


Writing & Handwriting

At Wroughton Primary Federation we introduce cursive handwriting from Key Stage One and follow this all the way through the Federation. 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)

Aims

It is the aim of this school 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.

Genre Progression

Writing Expectations

KS2 Writing Progression

Marking Codes

Handwriting and Presentation Policy 2017-18.pdf

Spelling & Grammar

What is SPAG?

The English grammar, punctuation and spelling test at the end of year 6 (informally known as the SPAG test) was introduced in May 2013 as part of the KS2 SATs for Year 6 pupils, replacing the previous English writing test.

Grammar Terminology

Grammar Progression in KS2

High Frequency Words

Common Exception Words

Example SPAG paper

Our recommended Grammar Dictionary is: New Fowlers Modern English Usage

Can you pass the SATs Grammar Quiz? https://sats2017.uk/quiz-would-you-pass-sats-engli...