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At Dewhurst, we recognise the important place that English has in education and society. We strive to provide high quality education in English so that pupils can speak and write fluently in order to communicate their thoughts and feelings to others and through their listening and reading, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually through carefully chosen texts. Reading also allows pupils to expand their knowledge and build on what they already know. The skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society.

We equip pupils with the ability to use spoken and written words effectively, and to develop an enjoyment of reading. We ensure that all of our pupils:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • use discussion in order to learn; elaborating and explaining their thinking clearly
  • are competent in speaking and listening, making formal presentations
  • can participate in a debate

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
Dr Seus

How we teach children to read

Pupils start learning to read and write by learning how to blend and segment sounds (phonemes) we teach this using the Ruth Miskins ‘Read Write Inc’ strategy.

How we teach reading and writing to pupils in Rec and Year 1 ;

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We teach set 1 and set 2 sounds in reception and complete this with set 3 sounds in year 1.  Pupils are tested with their Phonics attainment in the Summer term of Year 1 and this is compared to other pupils in schools nationally. Pupils who do not meet national expectations at the end of Year 1 receive intervention as they move into year 2 and beyond.

In year 2-6 we follow the ‘Read Write Inc’ Spelling Scheme which teaches spelling patterns and the Common Exception words which are published by the DfE. Some children may need additional intervention if they haven’t met the expectations at the end of Key Stage 1

As we move further throughout the school we focus on fluency and comprehension. We look at the skills of inference and look at how language has been used to convey imagery.

How we teach spelling;

Across the school, our Friday Literacy lesson is an independent writing session based on the theories from Big Talk, Big Write session which give the children opportunities to expand their vocabulary and understand what makes a successful writer. Our aim is to make lessons as creative as possible, impacting on the children’s motivation to read and write. We promote opportunities for reading and writing both inside and outside the classroom, taking part in partnerships with secondary schools, World Book day events, poetry competitions and workshops.

At Dewhurst St Mary we encourage out children to read every night with an adult at home, this is in addition to Guided Reading sessions in school and individual reading with adults in school. Literacy homework and spellings will be undertaken regularly and we encourage children to use their Literacy skills across all subjects and homework tasks.

We use a wide range of reading schemes for teaching reading including; Oxford Reading Tree, Phonics Bug, Collins Big Cat , Rigby Star,  Project X

We supplement home-learning with an online literacy based program called Lexia where each pupil can log on and work systematically at their own level.  It assesses gaps in their learning and allocates activities for children to practice specific skills.