Welcome to our English Page.
Here at St Wilfrid’s Primary we use a phonics programme called Read, Write, Inc (RWI). Read Write Inc. Phonics is a complete literacy programme used from early years until the child no longer needs phonic support.
In Nursery before the children start the RWI programme they learn to be able to listen carefully, hear a range of sounds and when they are able to tune in they begin learning letter sounds.
Phonics takes place every morning between 9.05-9.35. All the children who need to learn phonics go to a number of different phonics groups across school.
Follow this link below which will tell you much more information about read, write, inc. It also has links to some videos and other useful information
There are lots of other websites that have free phonics games and activities. A couple of our favorites are here for you to enjoy.
The Oxford Owl website has lots of information about reading and a great library full of fun books from age 3 to age 11 years.
Reading is at the heart of all learning and we place a great deal of importance on children learning the skills of reading as well as developing a love for reading.
We run daily guided reading sessions in every class that help children develop many different aspects of reading. The skills of reading involves word recognition but also understanding what is being read, this is called comprehension.
During English lessons we teach children a range of strategies to help them read words but also how to understand the meaning, We also have separate inference lessons, this is where children are taught how to look for meaning through the authors use of language. Teachers ask lots of questions to help develop your children’s understanding. Find below a link to each year group. These links will show you a range of questions that you can use at home when reading with your child as well as giving you an idea about what we do in school.
Reading is such a key skill and we hope the information above helps support you when reading at home with your child. If you have any questions about reading at home with your child please contact your child’s class teacher.
Helping your child at home with their reading
We have an ‘active learn’ account for every child to access their BUG CLUB. On their bug club page they will find a number of books that have been chosen by your child’s class teacher so they will be at the right reading level for your child. For each book you read you will find a number of activities and games for you to enjoy too. Follow the link below and log in to start the fun !
If you have misplaced your child’s log in details please just ask your child’s class teacher.
Here are some suggested reading lists for you to enjoy with your child at home.
WRITING and SPELLING
We teach writing using a range of techniques and strategies including modelling, guided and independent writing. Children learn to spell through their phonics work and also through their spelling lessons. We use a structured approach to teaching spelling and use the ‘no-nonsense spelling’ scheme. This scheme ensures coverage of the National Curriculum requirements for every class.
Here is a link to some of the spelling strategies so you can see what we do at school and practise these at home too.
Some of the work we do with writing is about learning a certain skill and may be an exercise for example, how to use full stops and capital letters. Some of the work is about being creative and imaginative.
We give children the opportunity to:
- Write for a variety of different purposes and audiences
- Plan, draft, write then edit their work against objectives for that piece of writing
- Learn about how to write, including good grammar, spelling and punctuation.
Children are taught what good writing looks like and what good writers do to make the reader interested and enjoy their writing, including choosing great vocabulary and organising the writing to suit the purpose.
Handwriting is taught throughout school until children have developed fluent, legible and eventually speedy handwriting. We use the handwriting letter formation from RWI for our initial letters in Early Years.
We follow the school handwriting policy and teach the children how to join using our four joining rules. If you would like further information on this please ask for the policy and we will be happy to show you.
Where it is appropriate we like to link other subjects with our English work. So, for example we might write diary entries as Egyptians or a report as Neil Armstrong. Here is just a glimpse of some of our cross curricular work.