English Overview

FS and KS1
In EYFS the literacy area of learning is included within continuous provision and gives children opportunities to develop basic skills. In years 1 and 2, writing is taught through the Talk for Writing model which involves talking the text, learning it and children writing their own versions. In the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, children are taught reading through a synthetic phonics program: Read, Write, Inc (RWI).
RWI programme progression:
  • Nursery: learn the first 30 sounds
  • Reception: Read storybooks and non-fiction books closely matched to their developing phonic knowledge
  • Take home Phonics storybooks to share
  • Read with fluency and expression
  • Work well with a partner.
The program is followed until every child can read fluently, confidently and with understanding. As well as whole group teaching, top up sessions take place to accelerate and consolidate phonics understanding.
Also in KS1 pupils are given access to Bug Club on iPads which provides opportunities for children to expand their comprehension skills.
In KS1, reading at home is rewarded with reading bands. Different colours are awarded for varying amounts of reads completed at home.
In KS2, English is taught through the Talk for Writing model and texts are linked with their topic learning.
All year groups use cursive text for handwriting.
Years 3,4,5 and 6 use Accelerated Reader to select books, read and carry out quizzes. Accelerated Reader promotes and rewards reading for pleasure, gives teachers the information they need to monitor students’ reading practice and to make informed decisions to guide pupils’ future learning. Whole class direct teaching of reading takes place 3 mornings a week.
KS2 pupils also participate in daily spelling lessons which follow the RWI spelling scheme.
At Roskear Primary and Nursery School we use the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with their literacy. RWI is a method of learning centred round letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their reading and writing.
Learning to read is the most important thing your child will learn at our school. Everything else depends on it, so we put as much energy as we possibly can into making sure that every single child learns to read as quickly as possible.
We want your child to love reading – and to want to read for themselves. This is why we put our efforts into making sure they develop a love of books as well as simply learning to read.
Using RWI, the children learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read. It also allows them to spell effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into composing what they write.
When using RWI to read the children will:
  • learn that sounds are represented by written letters
  • learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts
  • learn how to blend sounds
  • learn to read words using Fred Talk
  • read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out
  • show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions.
When using RWI to write the children will:
  • learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent 44 sounds.
  • learn to write words by saying the sounds in Fred Talk
  • write simple sentences