'What is the most important subject you have to learn in life?  To learn how to love.'  Pope Francis

English

Reading

Reading is taught through a series of approaches; guided reading, synthetic phonics, shared reading and individual reading. A child's success in reading is instrumental in their ability to access the wider curriculum and every effort is made to ensure that every child becomes a fluent and confident reader.

Through daily structured guided reading sessions from Year 2 to Year 6, text led approach to the English and Creative Curriculums and every child receiving an adult led reading session twice a week, children make good progress to become accomplished readers.

Additional support programmes such as Better Reading Partners, Code, Direct Phonics and IDL (Independent Dyslexia Learning) are used to supplement the existing appraoch to the teaching of reading for chidlren who may, at times, find learning to read a challenge.

Our core reading scheme is Oxford Reading Tree. Click below to learn more about how you can support your child in their reading at home.

http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/

 

Phonics

Synthetic phonics teaches the children about the individual sounds each letter and cluster of letters make and enables them to decode (break up) and encode (put back together) words. Our school uses 'Read Write Inc', a programme delivered through daily systematic sessions for children from Nursery to Year 2. It is also used as a supplementary programme for children in Years 3 & 4.  The sounds that are taught can be practised at home and the speed sounds grids are available here.

Click below to learn more about the programme and how you can help your child at home:

http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/parents/

Writing

At Holy Family, writing is given a high priority. Children are inspired and encouraged to write for a purpose, a conviction, a passion and for fun. We adopt a text based approach to writing, seeking out picture books and stories that excite the imagination and fuel the thinking mind.

Alongside using texts to motivate and inspire, children are taught about the mechanics of language and grammar through 'The Write Stuff'; an approach that models sentence types and grammatical rules and conventions for use in every genre of writing. 

We strive to encourage every learner to know that they can be great writers. Through a range of media, children are given the opportunity to compose pieces for different platforms (e.g. radio, TV) as well as the written word. Through the wider curriculum, writing opportunities are sought out so that the skills for writing are constantly rehearsed, practiced and refined.

For children for whom writing presents more of a challenge, additional support programmes such as 'Write Away Together' are used to help them draft and redraft writing with an audience in mind. Such programmes are used for children in Years 1 - 6.

Handwriting

We teach the children a cursive handwriting style from reception upwards. The presentation of their work is given high importance and we encourage all pupils to take a pride in all they undertake in school. Each fortnight, Handwriting Stars are awarded for their amazing efforts. Take a look at the recent Handwriting Stars under the School Activities drop down menu.

If helping your child at home, don't forget to ask them about pinchy parrots to encourage the correct pencil hold and ask the children about how they use the line guides to help them form and space their letters correctly.  If youhave any questions or wish to practice at home, we would be more than happy to provide you with additional practice line guides.  Please ask your child's teacher.