Reading

At East Wittering, we want all the children to

  • read easily, fluently and good understanding
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage

Once children have completed the Read, Write Inc phonics programme, they are taught to read using a variety of quality texts including fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

 

They are taught how to read words and how to comprehend what they have read.

Word reading builds on the skills they have learnt in phonics and involves the speedy working out of unfamiliar words and the speedy recognition of familiar words.

Comprehension involves the teaching of specific skills through modelling, discussion and practise to enable the children to use these independently.

 

The teaching of reading comprises of at least four taught lessons which will include the following:

Specific skills - children will be taught a specific skill such as inference, prediction or working out the meaning of words from the context. This is visually supported by VIPERS (vocabulary, inference, prediction, explanation, retrieve and sequence / summarise).

Book talk – children take part in discussion about books including what they like and dislike

Comprehension – children will practise taught skills that demonstrates their understanding of a text

Independent activities – children will practise word reading and comprehension in a variety of different ways through a range of texts.

File icon: pdf What we do in phonics.pdf [pdf 454KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf The teaching of reading.pdf [pdf 431KB] Click to download
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File icon: pdf Accelerated reader.pdf [pdf 481KB] Click to download
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Spelling

Spelling and handwriting:

 

At East Wittering, teachers set high expectations for the children across the curriculum and this includes the expectation that the children make a conscious effort with their spelling, handwriting and are vigilant about their presentation in all subjects. This is especially important as the children cannot achieve the expected standard at the end of the key stage if their spelling and handwriting is not accurate or fluent.

 

RWI spelling:

 

In year 1 and 2 spelling is taught through phonics. The children in years 2 to 6 have daily spelling sessions which follow the Read Write Inc spelling planet programme.

 

RWI Spelling Planet

The programme builds on the children’s previous knowledge of phonics. It also develops children’s knowledge of word families and how prefixes and suffixes impact upon root words. The programme is in line with the National Curriculum for spelling.

 

It supports children with recognising spelling rules and patterns through a variety of interactive activities. It also equips children with a range of strategies for spelling unfamiliar words. In addition to this, the programme incorporates learning the words from the statutory word lists.

 

Our spelling ethos:

 

Although we emphasise the importance of spelling to the children and urge them to try hard to use correct spellings (particularly of the words they know or of words that are displayed within the classroom or on word mats), we don’t want this to interrupt or distract from the writing process. We also don’t want children to avoid using a word simply because they don’t know how to spell it. We therefore encourage the children to green pen their own work once they have finished. Similarly, children are expected to correct spellings that the teacher has picked up during marking.

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File icon: pdf Reception spelling word list.pdf [pdf 176KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Reception spelling word list.pdf [pdf 176KB] Click to download
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File icon: pdf Year 3 and 4 spelling list.pdf [pdf 32KB] Click to download
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Stories

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Writing

At East Wittering, children in every year group are provided with opportunities to write linked to their learning journeys and a quality text. Each learning journey has an outcome in the form of a piece of writing.

 

As children progress through the school, they will become increasingly aware of the purpose and audience of their writing and will learn to make specific choices to meet these needs. Throughout the learning journey, children are taught and given opportunities to practise specific skills and vocabulary they will need to use. Children talk about their writing and use texts, drama, music, pictures and films to help them come up with ideas. In some learning journeys, they will publish their writing.

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