We are now following a new scheme called Monster Phonics. Monster Phonics is a highly engaging, structured, synthetic programme. It facilities learning by allowing children to learn new graphemes by using monsters to group graphemes for recall and provide an easy and fun memory cue for pupils. It also uses the colour coding to highlight graphemes. Monster phonics matches the EYFS Framework and Spelling curriculum and progresses from simple to complex phonetic knowledge and skills and ensures that the prior knowledge is built upon. The main principle ensures that children are encouraged to become confident, successful readers, spellers and writers from an early age.
At St Saviour’s C of E Academy, teaching children to read is a key part of our curriculum. We value the importance it has on enabling children to access the whole curriculum and strive to promote a love of reading throughout the school. As your child moves through the school, their reading experiences will change to reflect the increasing level of texts they will read. The following points outline the structures in place:
- A banded reading book linked to your child’s reading ability will be sent home for you to enjoy some reading time at home with your child. This should be recorded in your child’s reading log on GoRead. There's a video introduction to GoRead here.
- Children are exposed to class reads and oral storytelling to help expand their knowledge.
- Reading books and activities are available throughout the day for your child to access.
- KS 1 and KS 2 children will have whole class reading where they complete a mixture of teacher led and skills based reading activities. Their progress in reading is assessed, monitored and recorded during these sessions.
Pathways to Read follows a mastery approach to learning. It is designed to equip pupils from Year 2 onwards with key skills to move them through the reading process towards becoming competent and fluent readers. To support this approach, clear detailed lesson plans and resources are linked to high-quality texts. Pathways to Read ensures engaging and purposeful reading lessons.
Here at St Saviour’s Academy we ensure that writing shows development and skills progression. This is demonstrated in a series of ways:
- Children are exposed to a variety of genres, recognising the features and planning their writing before the written piece is complete. This will ensure they have the skills and knowledge to complete work to their full potential.
- Longer pieces of writing or extended stories are written over a sequence of lessons to provide children with the opportunity to include all of the taught skills, re-read and edit their work before submitting it.
- Lessons teaching skills such as grammar and punctuation are taught discretely through daily SPaG sessions. The learning from these sessions are applied embedded throughout English sessions and all other curriculum areas. This is to ensure that the children are consistently developing their writing at all times.