Wigton Infant School

English

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.” - Dr Seuss. 

We are readers!

We love reading for pleasure at Wigton Infant School. We are very lucky to have a large library where children can take books home, as well as visiting Wigton library where we can select our favourite stories to continue to develop our vocabulary both at home and at school.

In addition to this, our teachers carefully select home reading books that are linked to the sounds we have learnt during our phonics sessions, we are committed to ensuring every child becomes a reader at Wigton Infant School so feel this is the perfect way to ensure they succeed.

How we teach reading and writing

At Wigton Infant School early reading and writing is taught through our chosen programme Read, Write, Inc. We understand how important it is to build firm foundations in the early years of school life to support children in their future learning across the curriculum. Children begin the programme in Reception and finish the programme during Year 2. Once finished the programme children access a range of high quality texts, both fiction and nonfiction, to provide a broad, enjoyable experience for the children

The Read Write Inc. Phonics programme covers all of the National Curriculum requirements for literacy and language. 

This approach:

  • Gets children decoding and comprehending quickly.  The special 'three reads' approach ensures that all children gain accuracy, fluency and a good understanding of the text.
  • Ensures children read storybooks and non-fiction books matched to their growing phonic knowledge.
  • Leaves no child behind.   Initial and on-going assessment to track every child's progress.
  • Prevents downtime.  Direct teaching followed by partner practice means that every child participates in the whole lesson.

We begin using Read Write Inc. from Reception and they start by learning the first 30 sounds in short, daily sessions.  When pupils move into the Reception year, they begin to read storybooks and non-fiction books that are closely matched to their developing phonic knowledge.  The sessions are lively and interactive and our pupils make rapid progress.  They begin to write confidently and learn to spell using sounds that they know.  Their progress is assessed at the end of every half term and they are grouped according to the level they are working at.  This ensures that teaching is always focused precisely on what pupils need and the pace of learning is fast.  If we are ever concerned about a child's progress in reading, we provide 1:1 intervention for 15 minutes a day to address this and accelerate their progress.  

Please follow this link for tips on supporting your child to read at home. It is a helpful guide for using 'pure sounds' which is paramount to achieving success in early reading. 

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/reading-owl/find-a-book/read-write-inc-phonics--1/phonics-pure-sounds-video

The teaching of reading does not stop when children complete the Read Write Inc. Phonics programme. The skills of reading comprehension are just as important, which is why our children receive regular guided or whole class reading sessions led by a teacher following a VIPERS strategy 

Each strand is linked to the expectations required by the end of KS1.

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/Reading/  This site has some excellent information on supporting reading at home and you can access a wealth of ebooks too!

 

Spelling

We teach spelling in a range of ways in order to support children’s understanding and ability. Spelling is taught using Read, Write Inc Phonic sessions. Additionally, in KS1 we use the Read, Write, Inc spelling programme. During Year 1 the children complete pre-programme activities and children start the spelling programme in Year 2 once they have reached the grey level of Read, Write, Inc.

 

Handwriting

At Wigton Infant School we have identified a need to support children with their physical development. The indoor and outdoor EYFS provision at Wigton Infant School includes opportunities to develop upper body strength, shoulder pivot, elbow pivot and wrist pivot. Additionally, we follow the Squiggle Whilst you Wiggle fine motor skills programme. Squiggle Whilst You Wiggle incorporates dance, music and large movements to help children develop the fine muscle control they need for writing.  They will learn a new gross motor movement to a piece of music while holding 'flappers' (bits of fabric) while dancing along to the music. The children then transfer these movements to floor level and swap their flappers for writing tools (crayons/pens etc) to make marks, this could be in foam, on paper, in sand etc.  They will then use this action to think of letters they can form that use this shape.  These sessions are great fun but most importantly help your child to be confident mark makers.

Children in Reception follow the 'Read Write Inc' method for forming letters. When ready, and when forming letters correctly, our KS1 children progress to the 'Letter Join' programme for handwriting. Class 'Handwriting Hero' awards motivate the children greatly, and our children continue to show great pride in the work they produce.

Vocabulary

“A new word is like a fresh seed sown on the ground of discussion.” Ludwig Wittgenstein

At Wigton Infant School we understand the importance of developing vocabulary and how closing the vocabulary gap between our ‘word poor’ and ‘word rich’ students could prove the vital difference between school failure and success. We intend to provide the children with opportunities to develop a rich vocabulary that will help them bring their own writing to life. At Wigton Infant School we use the 3 Tier vocabulary model to ensure we deliver a vocabulary rich curriculum. Vocabulary is explicitly taught through whole class reading sessions, language-rich environments and maximising every opportunity in all subjects to teach reading skills and explore Tier 3 vocabulary in context.