Intent, Implementation and Impact Statement – English Curriculum 2021/2022
Curriculum Intent: ‘To create inspired and happy learners through an ambitious, engaging enquiry-led curriculum’
We are Passionate about reading; when our teachers and support staff are passionate and talking about a text this creates a buzz around it and this inspires the children.
Being able to read well matters. It can significantly impact on success in school and beyond. It takes them into imagined worlds far beyond their own experience, and supports the endless opportunities to explore new areas of learning, thinking and ideas.
The power of reading (and reading for pleasure) is immense, and we want children to be able to take full advantage of the benefits and enjoyment that it has to offer. We aim to develop positive attitudes towards reading so every child thinks of themselves as a reader and begins to foster a love of the written word in all its various forms. We wish to create a community of inspired, happy readers that share and promote reading as a skill and desirable past time.
Ultimately, we believe that reading is arguably the most important area of the curriculum to teach the children. One of the main Purposes of our reading curriculum is in developing ‘lifelong learners.’
We teach whole class guided reading from Year 2 upwards. Furthermore, all classes have a wide range of texts from a variety of authors: we have recently reassessed our reading curriculum to ensure that the books feature characters, and are written by authors, from a diverse range of backgrounds, particularly those with SEND and those from ethnic minorities.
These are read to them throughout the year; this helps to promote reading as a desirable past time and something that should be valued and treasured.
We use Vipers from the Literacy Shed to support children with their reading comprehension skills. VIPERS are a range of reading prompts based on the 2016 reading Content Domain Areas (CDAs) found in the National Curriculum Test Framework. Each classroom will have the Reading VIPERS displayed in the reading area of their classroom and the class teacher will make explicit links to the skill the children will be learning about. This gives all children across the school a clear purpose to their reading skill each morning and a common language to discuss their reading knowledge and understanding.
Reading to the Children
Our goal is to motivate children to want to read so they will practice reading independently and, thus, become fluent readers. That happens when children enjoy reading. During guided reading and at some point during every school day, the class teacher/TA will read and share high quality texts to the children at a level which is beyond their reading age. This ensures that we continue to develop their vocabulary and understanding of characters and plot far beyond their reading level. It also gives them access to worlds and experiences different to their own.
Walking around the corridors in the morning, for example in KS2, you will hear the teaching staff reading out aloud to their children; when they read aloud with passion and focus, you can actually ‘see’ how hooked the children become on the reading. This is a crucial part of our guided reading and ‘reading for pleasure’ process.
The impact of our Reading curriculum can be clearly seen across the school through children talking about their love of reading, the quality of texts the children are reading and the quality of teaching across the school. Phonics data is above national average. Key Stage 1 and KS2 reading results have been consistently strong.
We are proud to be a reading school and always hope/aim to impact other schools with our high quality processes we have in place at St Newlyn East Learning Academy. For example, our English lead – Laura Massabo – supports other schools with their RWInc consistency. This results in SNELA also developing good passionate readers in other schools in the county.
Read Write Inc
Read Write Inc Information
Read Write Inc. Phonics is a dynamic programme that teaches children to read and write through a consistent, whole-school approach. First, children learn the common sounds in the English language and how to sound-blend words for reading; at the same time they develop skills of handwriting and spelling. They progress to read and comprehend lively storybooks containing words that they can decode so they achieve early success in reading.
A key element of the Read Write Inc approach is that practice across the school is completely consistent, aided by the supervision of our English Hub specialist Laura Massabo. This is achieved because every member of staff is trained, coached and supported to be an expert in the teaching of reading. Children are grouped by ability allowing lessons to specifically address individual learning needs.
At St Newlyn East Learning Academy we are very proud of the rapid progress that our pupils make in reading and writing! Our recent phonic results in KS1 were very high and supports our belief that we teach reading well at school.