At The Alderton Infant School we recognise the importance of English as an interconnected subject. Our intent is that pupils apply their knowledge and skills in reading, spoken language and writing to all subjects within the curriculum which will enable them to access the wider world.
We intend our pupils to gain an enthusiasm for reading that will stay with our pupils throughout their lives, while also providing them with the skills needed to read fluently and confidently. We foster a love of reading through sharing and providing access to a wide range of high-quality reading materials. Phonics is taught following a sequenced progression of skills and is designed to build on previous learning to enable pupils to gain confidence and build fluency to be enthusiastic readers by the end of KS1.
English is planned from the National Curriculum 2015 and content from the EYFS Framework supported by Development Matters 2021. Planning across all year groups includes Greater Depth opportunities which encourage pupils to apply their knowledge consistently, confidently and fluently.
We foster a love of reading through sharing and providing access to high quality reading materials. Reading is taught through daily phonics lessons, guided reading, one to one reading, shared reading, Storytime, reading activities and use of reading to develop knowledge in other subjects. Children are given opportunities to apply their phonic skills and build on their fluency using decodable books which closely follow the order of phonics taught.
Book corners in each classroom are inviting and accessible for children to develop reading for pleasure. In each year group, teachers will share 30 fiction books from a ‘Fantastic 30’ list, or ‘Fantastic Five’ for each half term. These lists draw from a wide range of authors, cultures and styles and include dozens of firm favourites for both the children and staff. Lists are displayed in book corners and around the school.
World Book Day and the local library Summer Reading Challenge are promoted and celebrated in class and assemblies. Cross links with the juniors enables Year 3 children to read with EYFS children and Years 5 and 6 to read with KS1. The Bookmark Reading Programme is currently being used in Year 2 to increase attainment, enjoyment and confidence in reading for those children who need additional support.
Staff teams work closely together to develop each child as a learner. We aim to close gaps in attainment by being ambitious for our most vulnerable pupils and removing barriers so they can achieve their best.
The impact on our children includes:
raised achievement and understanding in spoken sentence structure
increased range of vocabulary
raised grammatical understanding in speech to impact on writing
Transferrable writing skills across the curriculum
Increased familiarity and knowledge of 90 high-quality books through the implementation of the Fantastic Five for each half term
Increased fluency in reading through the use of carefully selected books matched to the phonics progression.