In ensuring that ‘Better Never Stops’, our English curriculum aims to ensure that:
We believe that the importance of developing reading competence cannot be overstated as it is the fundamental facilitator of much learning throughout life. Children must be encouraged to become independent, knowledgeable and reflective readers.
If a child is unable to read, he/she cannot get on in life.
Reading is the centrepiece of our curriculum design.
Our clear curriculum intent - see Reading Progression at the bottom of the page) outlines the intended knowledge and skills that pupils learn in reading throughout their course of study at Spa Academy Askern. This ensures that the teaching of reading across school is sequential and progressive, building upon pupils' prior knowledge and providing appropriate challenge. Our knowledge and skills are divided into VIPERS - reflecting the reading domains of the National Curriculum. Short-term planning then ensures the intended knowledge in this document is reached through well-sequenced lessons.
Alongside this, it is our curriculum's intent that our pupils become fluent readers. Teaching (and individual reading) is adapted based on where pupils' fluency sits within the Fluency Progression document (see bottom of page). The intent is to ensure pupils become fluent readers as they move onto more challenging text.
Alongside the high-quality and challenging Literature-Led Curriculum, we ensure our pupils engage with, listen to, rehearse and perform a wide-range of poetry. Our intention behind our Poetry Spine is that pupils become familiar with key poets and their inspiring work.
Spa's curriculum intent is achieved through: reading lessons, reading books (including early reading) and our reading culture. Our approach to each is outlined below.
Reading lessons follow the school's Teaching & Learning principles to provide the maximise student progress. In reading specifically, we have designed - and regularly evaluate the impact of - our reading cycle.
|Weekly Reading Cycle||Focus|
Fluency & Vocabulary
This session allows for children to be pre-taught vocabulary (tier two and three words) that they will encounter in their text for the week. These words will be explored and then recapped throughout the week.
We are beginning to use this session to implement echo reading and text marking as a key strategy to support fluency and comprehension.
|The skill of retrieval is a fundamental skill in reading and therefore is a core part of our reading sequence. This session focuses on age-appropriate retrieval of information.|
Day 3 & 4
|Over the course of the year, we sequentially plan to achieve the intended knowledge and skills outlines in the progression document. These sessions will often begin with a more scaffolded session, focusing on a VIPERS skill and the second allowing for more independent application.|
|This session allows pupils to use mixed reading skills - revisiting and embedding previous knowledge and skills - in completing a reading comprehension. This also allows for teachers' to identify key next steps and adapt the curriculum and teaching to address these. Information from this will also feed into individual reading with pupils.|
Our reading curriculum intentions are also delivered through individual reading.
It is aim that all Spa pupils are listened to read by an adult, at least,
3 times a week.
|Spa's Aims||Spa's Approach|
To deploy a rigorous approach to assessing pupils' ability to independently read.
Using our assessment system, we aim to ensure that the books pupils are given:
Our tracking of reading allows us to rapidly identify those pupils with gaps in their knowledge of phonics. At Spa Academy Askern we use the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to ensure those children that still require phonics teaching make accelerated progress. Additionally, We work closely with our feeder infants to ensure that those pupils that did not pass the Y1/Y2 phonics screening and those that still need phonics embedding, recieve targeted intervention.
When using RWI to read the children will:
Pupils following this programme use the Read, Write, Inc book that relates to their stage in the programme - ensuring that they are able to decode the books they read at school and at home.
Vitally, pupils following this programme continue to be a part of whole-class reading to ensure they are accessing, through scaffolds, the vocabulary, context and structures of age-appropriate texts.
|Spa's Aims||Our Approach|
Spa Academy strives to ensure that our pupils leave us with a love of reading that is evident in the way they:
We are excited to soon share with you examples of pupils' portfolio pieces.
|English Team Role||Staff|
|English Team Leader (& Early Reading Lead)||Mr Jack Wardle (Assistant Headteacher)|
|Reading Champion||Miss Beth Woodrow (Class Teacher)|
|Reading (T&L) Co-ordinator||Mrs Laura Roberts (Class Teacher)|
|Oracy Lead||Mrs Elaine Exley (Class Teacher)|
|Reading Champion (Parental Engagement)||Mrs Joanne Hepworth (Family Liaison)|
|Early Reading||Miss Ashleah Leighton (HLTA)|
If you would like to find out more about Reading at Spa, please contact us via the main office.