"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.
- 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.
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 is a crucial part of our curriculum at Wigton Infant School. We intend to develop a love of writing in all children and for all children to become confident writers.
The writing journey at Wigton Infant School begins with early writing skills, with a focus on physical development. The EYFS provision at Wigton Infant School includes opportunities to develop upper body strength, shoulder pivot, elbow pivot and wrist pivot. Children have access to fine motor skills activities and a range of writing implements to give children the dexterity to manipulate a pencil using the correct, effective grip for writing. The indoor and outdoor provision offer opportunities to write and make marks for meaning; this includes writing labels, lists or messages. Children will have a variety of starting points which begin with giving meaning to their marks and emergent writing, moving onto writing using letter shapes and their phonological knowledge. At Wigton Infant School we recognise the importance of creating a culture which excites the children to write and to get enjoyment from it.
From Year 1, children should be writing sentences each day. Teachers use high quality texts, both fiction and nonfiction, to provide a broad, enjoyable experience for the children. Children often ‘learn’ a story/text using actions and story map strategies. At Wigton Infant School we are aware of the importance of composing sentences orally before writing- you can’t write it if you can’t say it! Writing is frequently modelled by adults and collected on working walls for children to refer to. Children write frequently and, with the same expectations and resources, in order to progress and develop effective schema in long term memory. Picture prompts, word banks and sentence starters are used to varying degrees to support children, including those with SEN.
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 Key Stage One spelling is explicitly taught at the start of each English session with the spellings relevant to the topic or genre being studied. Spelling strategies regularly used include: look- say-cover-write- check, chunking and analogy.
A full list of the words that children are expected to learn in each year group can be found below.
Year 1 Spelling List:
Year 2 Spelling List:
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.