At North Worcester Primary Academy, we recognise the link between children’s enjoyment of reading and writing and their attainment. Our school intent is to foster a love of writing, where children leave confidently able to apply their skills in the next stage of their education, as well as writing for pleasure independently of school settings.
Our approach to the teaching of writing is therefore through a whole text approach which focusses on the children understanding the purpose and audience of their writing, from literary heritage to modern day authors and text styles.
To support the implementation of this intent the school uses Literacy Curriculum as a vehicle to deliver the teach through a whole text pedagogy. This ensures engagement, coverage and outcomes and follows a cohesive sequence so that learning makes sense and is rooted in a strong context. Depth is engendered as children revisit key objectives and skills within different texts and contexts, building understanding over time with frequent opportunities to apply their learning across varied writing opportunities. Books are grouped within themes to ensure links and connections are made within and across the Programme of Study.
Spelling is taught through Read Write Inc for children participating in phonics and through Spelling Seeds from Literacy Curriculum afterwards. Children are therefore exposed to spellings in meaningful contexts instead of standalone spelling tests once a week. Handwriting is taught through Nelson’s handwriting and daily modelling and practice. This ensures children have a clear progression from initial letter formation during Read Write Inc in reception through to year 6.
Free Online Story Books
To promote a love of reading here are some websites you can read fantastic stories together.
They are compatiable with IPADS and Tablets - ENJOY!
Phonics and writing online games
At North Worcester phonics is taught using the Read Write Inc (RWI) scheme which helps children learn to read fluently and at speed so they can focus on developing their skills in comprehension, vocabulary and spelling.
Here are games that are widely used to practise phonics skills. The levels/phases do not link directly to the RWI scheme that we use. However practice we encourage along side daily reading with your child.
When playing these games -
- Phase 1 develops listening and matching skills - Pre-School Level
- Phase 2 introduces some Set 1 sounds and blending - Reception Class Level
- Phases 3-5 introduces the remaining Set 1 sounds and Sets 2-3 sounds - End of reception class into Key stage 1.