At Langdon Academy, we believe that both written and oral communication is the key to educational success. We aim to equip our children with the skills, knowledge and experiences they need to use language effectively. We strive to instil in children a love of stories, books, writing for different purposes and language from a very young age. Children are read to and with regularly, all the way through primary school. Teachers discuss books with children and share their love of literature. The literacy skills that children develop are linked to, and applied in, every area of our curriculum. The children’s skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening enable them to communicate and express themselves in all areas of their work at school.
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At Langdon Academy we are passionate and committed to raising the attainment of reading throughout the school. We aim for the children to develop a love for literature and value the importance of reading as a gateway to a wealth of knowledge about the world around them. As well as the teaching of reading through strategies such as phonics, we aim to develop each child’s comprehension skills through careful questioning that will enable children to infer and deduct information from the text.
To support the children’s learning in reading we use an online platform called Bug Club, which allows teachers to allocate books for children based on their reading level to read at home and answer comprehension questions on. To find out more make sure that you have your child’s login details and go to www.activelearnprimary.co.uk
All classrooms have enticing book corners that display a range of texts, as well as a selection of carefully chosen stories to ignite a love of reading. Children become avid readers through developing a love of books and through reading being made fun by teachers and other adults. We provide enrichment opportunities such as celebrating Roald Dahl Day and World Book Day encouraging children to dress up and talk about books.
Alongside exposure to a wide range of reading material, pupils are taught formally to read using phonics. Other reading strategies, such as sight reading of ‘tricky words’, using picture cues and reading for meaning, are also introduced. Pupils are taught the range of ‘tricky words’ based on curriculum expectations which cannot be decoded using phonics. In this way, they gradually develop a bank of vocabulary they know by sight.
Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven. For further details click on the government link here.
Alongside this children are taught the Jolly Phonics actions to help them remember the sound they have learnt. They learn to blend these sounds into words (for example h-a-t would make hat). Children are taught how to segment sounds and blend them together into words in order that they can read and write efficiently.
Phonics helps to ensure reading evolves from learning to read, to reading to learn. Phonics lessons are taught every day and each day the children learn a new sound and revise sounds already taught. Some children will receive additional phonics support if we feel that this will be of benefit.
The school uses Bug Club reading books, these books are linked to the stages of phonics a child is being taught to ensure they are practising the sounds learnt in phonics and helps to embed their learning. At the early stages of reading development, the children initially use books without text and progress to books that are linked to the phonics sounds that they are learning. Children progress through the reading scheme at their own pace with a view to achieving age related expectations at the end of the year. We do stress the importance of understanding and talking about what they are reading.
Pupils are grouped for Guided Reading with other pupils who are at a similar stage in their reading development. Each group reads with the teacher at least once a week. Additional one-to-one reading support is delivered, where appropriate. We have a strong reading volunteer programme that trains parents how to read with children. Guided Reading is seen as fundamental to pupils' reading development at Langdon. During Guided Reading sessions, the children have opportunities to discuss texts and develop their understanding through activities related to the text. As pupils move through the school comprehension and vocabulary development and understanding becomes the focus for reading; children are taught to read for meaning and to develop their skills of inference and deduction.
Children are encouraged to read at home daily. Each week children who read at home daily are celebrated in assembly. We appreciate all families who support reading and hear children read at home – we know your time is precious, but it is a vital part of every child’s education. We ask all parents to sign the home reading book so that we know the children have read at home each week.
At Langdon we believe every child has the right to be a confident, fluent reader. We use resources from Rapid Reading and Family Fischer Trust to support children who need additional support. When children need such extra support, we liaise closely with parents and carers and seek to work in partnership with them to ensure that all children make the expected progress in reading.
At Langdon Academy we work hard to instil a joy of language. We teach writing by embedding talk for writing and other speaking, listening, role play and reading activities. Children have exposure to a wide range of stories and genres of writing to develop a structure to build upon and add their own ideas. Good progress is made when children open their eyes and ears to the language modelled around them. We encourage children to ‘magpie’ from what they read and hear in the classroom and experiment with interesting words and phrases.
To ensure that our children are always stimulated by high quality and meaningful texts we plan from whole class texts and use as our basis teaching sequences developed by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) Power of Reading Project. You can find out more by going to www.clpe.org.uk.
As well as being integrated into every writing session spelling, punctuation and grammar skills are taught within each year group through daily discreet lessons. Children will be given weekly spelling homework on a particular sound or spelling patterns. www.activelearnprimary.co.uk also supports the learning of Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar with interactive games that can be practised at home.