At Middleforth Church of England Primary school, it is our intent through the English Curriculum to immerse pupils in the wonders of quality texts to instil a love for reading, a passion for discovery and a confidence to explore their imagination. We want children to be enabled to express themselves creatively and imaginatively as they become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama, as well as of non-fiction and a range of multimedia. Through the daily teaching of English we strive to develop a love of reading, writing, speaking and listening.
Phonics is a way of teaching children how to read and write. It helps children hear, identify and use different sounds that distinguish one word from another. Phonics involves matching the sounds of spoken English with individual letters or groups of letters. Teaching children to blend the sounds of letters together helps them decode unfamiliar or unknown words by sounding them out. At Middleforth we have fidelity to one scheme, Pearson’s Phonics Bug, which provides a systematic synthetic phonics approach, this scheme falls part of the DFE's validated systematic synthetic phonics (SSP) programme.
Daily phonics sessions are fun and lively where children are given opportunity to apply their phonic knowledge for reading and writing activities. Each phonics session follows the ‘Revisit, teach, practise, apply’ approach where children revisit previously taught sounds and high frequency or tricky words, Children are then taught a new sound or strategy which they practise and then apply to their reading and writing.
For those pupils who may require further phonic support or phonic intervention may benefit from small group support using the schemes Bounce Back Phonics or Fast Track Phonics.
Spellings are taught through the No Nonsense spelling scheme which explicitly teaches spelling rules for pupils from Year 2 through to Year 6.
At Middleforth we try to foster a love of reading! Promoting reading for pleasure and enjoyment is our priority. Staff enjoy introducing and sharing rich texts which feed pupil's imagination and in doing so opens up a treasure-house of wonder and joy for curious young minds!
The teaching of and promotion of reading takes place through:
* Daily Phonics Sessions
* One to one reading Sessions
* Shared Reading Opportunities in class across the curriculum
* Weekly Guided Reading Sessions
* Independent Reading Opportunities
* Promoting Home Reading
* Class Library
* School Library Trust Loan
* Class Novels
* Fun, reading focussed days, such as World Book Day.
Each child is provided the opportunity to borrow a home reading book twice weekly, it is our intention that as COVID restrictions lift, this will return to daily changing of books if required. At Middleforth we have fidelity to one reading scheme which forms part of the Pearson's Bug Club Family. Books for younger children in school are fully phonetically decodable. Each child in school is also allocated their own login to Bug Club online which they can access at home. Bug Club offers books linked to phonics learning taken place in class and a range of independent reading books.
The English curriculum is taught through the Lancashire planning units. These units provide a broad and balanced unit of work with a clear outcome at the end of each unit to ensure progression of learning and coverage of the National Curriculum. Each unit focusses on on developing specific skills linked to the genre being taught. The units suggest a variety of resources to engage children and enhance learning, the most important of these being high quality, challenging texts, and where possible these link with the wider curriculum.