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

We use Read Write Inc. Phonics which is a synthetic phonics programme to teach reading and it 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 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!

 

Writing

We follow a Talk for Writing approach to writing in KS1. This enables children to imitate orally the language they need for a particular topic, before reading and analysing it, and then writing their own version.

It provides opportunities to write independently for a variety of audiences and purposes. A key feature is that children internalise the language structures needed to write through ‘talking the text’. The approach moves from dependence towards independence, with the teacher using shared and guided teaching to develop the ability in children to write creatively and powerfully.

 

Handwriting

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.