Tel: 01283 820365 Email: office@st-augustines.staffs.sch.uk

English, Phonics
& Reading


Family Reading Mornings

This year we will be holding some family reading mornings. As a school, we believe support from home plays a vital part in ensuring that your child is a happy and confident reader and writer. Reading with your child and as a family is a special time, where you can foster a love for reading and books that can last a lifetime! These will provide you with the opportunity to read with your child(ren) and their friends. We will provide a wide range of books for you to choose from. Remember you can also bring your own favourite book(s) from home to share with your child(ren). The children are also welcome to bring in their favourite books from home to share and read – but please can we ask that these are named, as we wouldn’t want any mix ups! 

Our dates for this year are Friday 18th October at 9:10am, Friday 24th January at 9:10am and a further date TBC.

Sponsored Read

Our January date is to be held as the grand finale to our ‘Sponsored Read’, which will be run between 13th January and 24th January 2020. The project is being organised alongside our local Oxford University Press representative, and all the money raised will go towards brand new books for our school reading scheme (the books your child brings home to read).  In addition to the sponsorship money, OUP have also confirmed they will provide us with a 15% discount on the order we place following the Sponsored Read event!

Please help us to enhance our reading scheme for the children by spending a small amount of time each day reading with your child. Of course, it’s not just books that you can enjoy together: comics, magazines, recipes, menus, your favourite websites - anything with words that you can read together counts towards your total!

 

If you are able to support our sponsored read, please find enclosed a sponsorship form for your child and a reading log, to record the minutes they have spent reading.

After the sponsored read, please send all the sponsorship money that your child has raised to the school office by Monday 27th January 2020, as we would love to get our new books into school as soon as possible! 

We look forward to having many more books for your child to read, look at, share and enjoy.

For more information, please contact your child’s teacher. 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

Vision

It is our vision to create a community where children can express and communicate confidently with others; developing their character, enabling them to flourish together. We aim to develop a lifelong love and passion for reading and writing by exposing them to a wide range of quality authors and genres.
English and Literacy contribute to the whole school curriculum by developing pupils’ abilities to speak, listen, read and write for a wide range of purposes and audiences using language to learn and communicate ideas, views and feelings.
The pupils in our academies will be taught in a safe, secure and stimulating environment enabling them all to achieve their potential in the areas of English. Every child will be revered and respected as part of our school community and loved and valued as one of God’s children.
Purpose
• To promote a shared love and understanding of English;
• To establish high expectations for teachers and pupils;
• To promote continuity and coherence across the school.
Aims
The aims of teaching English within our academies are:
▪ To develop pupils’ confidence in themselves as skilled communicators, to empower them to make relevant contributions and learn how to listen attentively to others.
▪ To enable pupils to adapt their speech to a widening range of circumstances and demands.
▪ To develop pupils’ interest and pleasure in reading, so that they can read independently, understand the meaning and express views about their reading.
▪ To ensure that pupils read with fluency, accuracy and understanding across a range of texts; both fiction, non-fiction and IT-based texts.
▪ For pupils to enjoy writing and to see the value of it.
▪ To provide stimulating opportunities for pupils to be creative writers of text and to express themselves, in writing, with confidence.
▪ To enable pupils to become independent writers of texts, which are accurately spelled, punctuated correctly and which communicate meaning in narrative and non-narrative forms.
▪ To enable pupils to use the planning, drafting and editing processes to improve their written work and sustain their writing of fiction and non-fiction texts.
▪ To enable pupils to develop legible joined handwriting with increasing fluency and speed.
Organisation and methodology.
English is a core subject of the National Curriculum. The fundamental skills, knowledge and concepts are set out in “English in the National Curriculum” where they are categorised into:
▪ Speaking and Listening
▪ Reading
▪ Writing
Within the Early Years, English is delivered through the EYFS Profile. Across the academies, opportunities for pupils to practice and extend their English skills will be provided and linked to other curriculum areas wherever possible. Pupils are taught as individuals, in groups and as classes. Various approaches are adapted and integrated to meet the needs of the individual child. A flexible approach is taken in the use of different methodologies and materials. Work in Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing is integrated throughout English and through all other curriculum areas and the links between these are made explicit to the children. English and the skills of Literacy are seen as the media through which pupils learn and they are drawn on extensively in other subject areas.

Phonics and Spelling
Children are supported to blend letters and to read and segment words to spell accurately and confidently across each age range. A variety of schemes and resources are followed alongside the statutory curriculum objectives (for Early Years, KS1 and KS2). Consolidation and extension activities are used where required. Assessments are carried out regularly to identify next steps in learning. This approach gives the children the skills and the confidence to spell fluently and with increasing confidence, empowering them to become independent learners.
Speaking and Listening is developed through:
▪ Story telling;
▪ Describing and listening to events and experiences;
▪ Speaking and listening appropriately to different audiences including peers; teachers and other adults;
▪ Speaking and listening appropriately in a variety of contexts across the curriculum;
▪ Group discussion and interaction;
▪ Drama and role-play activities;
▪ Reading aloud;
▪ Debate and presentation;
▪ Worship and music;
▪ Performance poetry.


Reading
A love for reading is fostered through;
▪ High quality, age-appropriate texts available in every classroom.
▪ Opportunities for a shared story.
▪ Regular guided or whole class reading sessions.
▪ Well-structured and engaging reading schemes for use at home.
▪ Reading challenges.
▪ Opportunities to celebrate reading.
▪ Use of high-quality texts to establish links between our reading and writing.

 

Click here to read our Phonics and Reading Scheme.

Click here to read our English Policy

Click here to read our Early Years Policy