St Raphael’s Writing Policy
Writing is integral to all aspects of life and, with this in mind, we endeavour to ensure that children develop a healthy and enthusiastic attitude towards writing that will stay with them. Writing enables pupils to communicate with people around the world. Building on experiences, it encourages thinking and communication skills to grow.
“St. Raphael’s School hold the creativity of all individuals at the core of everything we do. We aim to promote the development of the whole child and provide unique learning experiences which deepen knowledge and life-long understanding.”
Knowledge and Understanding Hub Vision Statement.
Our aims at St. Raphael’s are:
1. Have a positive attitude towards writing, speaking and listening.
2. Write with confidence, clarity and imagination.
3. Understand and apply their knowledge of phonics and spelling.
4. Write in a range of genres (including fiction, non-fiction and poetry).
5. Plan, draft, revise and edit their own work, and learn how to self and peer assess against the success criteria.
6. Develop technical vocabulary through which to understand and discuss their writing.
7. Develop their imagination, creativity, expressive language and critical awareness through their writing.
8. Have equality of opportunity regardless of race, gender or ability.
9. Write clearly, accurately and effectively for a range of audiences and purposes.
10. To revisit and consolidate key learning and build upon it from all areas from phonics, to grammar, punctuation and spelling.
St. Raphael's Reads
We believe that reading is an essential life skill and we are committed to enabling our children to become lifelong readers.
At the heart of our strategy is our drive to foster a love of reading, enriching children’s learning through carefully designed teaching activities that utilise imaginative stories and thought provoking texts.
Reading is a skill that enables children to develop their learning across the wider curriculum and lays the foundations for success in future lines of study and employment. We recognise the importance of taking a consistent whole federation approach to the teaching of reading in order to close any gaps and to target the highest possible number of children attaining the expected standard or higher.
We have high expectations of all children and we encourage children to challenge themselves, persevere and pursue success always and
'As we Walk with Jesus, we love, live and learn'.
At St Raphael’s phonics is taught through Read Write Inc. From Nursery to Year 2, children take part in a daily phonics session. This is where they learn new sounds, learn how to blend sounds into words, and how to read and understand sentences. Each year group also practices their speed sounds daily.
In KS2, all classes follow a structured 5-day approach to reading activities. All sessions are interactive and teachers facilitate speaking and listening opportunities, with children working hard individually. Passive learning is minimised and engagement promoted through regular use of think-pair-share, responses on mini-whiteboards and collaborative tasks. We focus on teaching the content domains, focus on fluency and stamina and then allow the children to apply this independently.
High quality texts and passages are chosen, appropriate to the expectations of the year group or ability of children, and teachers use this to model the application of the agreed reading skills. Children are taught to notice breakdown in reading - identifying words/phrases they don’t understand and strategies to fix breakdown in meaning. Children are taught to relate the text to themselves, previous reading experiences and the world around them.
Further to modelled sessions, children have the opportunity to read texts with greater independence and apply their skills when responding to the wide range of domain questions. More complex questions are evaluated between wider groups and teachers model how to refine answers to a high standard.
Rich reading opportunities are provided across the curriculum, exposing children to a wide range of quality texts providing context to learning.
We believe that regular reading at home is an important tool in developing reading skills. Oxford Reading Buddy is used for home-reading to ensure that children experience a wide breadth of reading opportunities across different genres.
Our reading scheme ensures children are offered high-quality books that reflect the diversity of our modern world.
Children work through the wide variety of books at their own pace, reading a range of books in each band. Teachers monitor their progress and determine when best for children to move onto the next series, ensuring that a range of titles have been explored and understood.
As we believe that reading is key to all learning, the impact of our reading curriculum goes beyond the result of statutory assessments. Children have the opportunity to enter the wide and varied magical worlds that reading opens up to them. As they develop their own interest in books, a deep love of literature across a range of genres cultures and styles is enhanced.
Through the teaching of systematic phonics and reading enquiry, our aim is for children to become fluent and confident readers who can apply their knowledge and experience to a range of texts through the Key Stage 2 curriculum.
As a Year 6 reader, transitioning into secondary school, we aspire that children are fluent, confident and able readers, who can access a range of texts for pleasure and enjoyment, as well as use their reading skills to unlock learning and all areas of the curriculum. We firmly believe that reading is the key to all learning and so the impact of our reading curriculum goes beyond the results of the statutory assessments.
By the time children leave St Raphael’s, they are competent readers who can recommend books to their peers, have a thirst for reading a range of genres including poetry, and participate in discussions about books, including evaluating an author’s use of language and the impact this can have on the reader. They can also read books to enhance their knowledge and understanding of all subjects on the curriculum, and communicate their research to a wider audience.
In addition to this:
- Parents and carers will have a good understanding of how they can support reading at home, and contribute regularly to home-school records.
- The % of pupils working at age related expectations and above age related expectations within each year group will be at least in line with national averages and will match the ambitious targets of individual children.
- There will be no significant gaps in the progress of different groups of pupils (e.g. disadvantaged vs non-disadvantaged).
Meet our reading ambassadors! We have a group of children from Year 3 to Year 6 who have a very important job to do!
This group of children love to read and are working to promote reading around our school. We meet every week to discuss ways in which we can do this!
You might see them around the library or enjoying a good book!