At Holy Trinity, We recognize the importance of nurturing a culture where children take pride in their writing, can write clearly and accurately and adapt their language and style for a range of contexts. We want to inspire children to be confident in the art of speaking and listening and who can use discussion to communicate and further their learning.
We believe that children need to develop a secure knowledge-base in Literacy, which follows a clear pathway of progression as they advance through the primary curriculum. We believe that a secure basis in literacy skills is crucial to a high quality education and will give our children the tools they need to participate fully as a member of society.
We understand that writing is an essential skill and that we must overcome any barriers that prevent children from becoming confident writers.
We aim to help our children develop these skills in the following ways:
- introducing and deconstructing a wide variety of model texts, covering a variety of genres
- by exposing and highlighting higher level vocabulary
- giving children opportunities to write for an authentic purpose • ensuring children have opportunities to talk about and plan their writing
- a solid understanding of grammar and ability to use it for effect • giving children opportunity to evaluate, revise and edit their own work as well as offer feedback on the work of their peers
- to be able to spell, not only the prescribed spelling words but also beyond, through the teaching of spelling rules
- take pride in their work and its presentation, including their handwriting
We believe that these steps will provide children with the building blocks needed for successful writing at secondary school and beyond.
At Holy Trinity, we aim to instil in all our children a love of reading. We give them the very best start they can have - balancing learning to read with enjoyment of books and other texts. We promote and embed a love for reading for pleasure in a variety of different ways as we recognise the importance of reading and aim for all of our children to become confident independent readers with an excellent understanding of what they read. We believe that reading ‘opens the door’ to learning, enabling children to access a wider curriculum. Children who read a lot will go on to become lifelong learners.
In school, we have a range of fiction and non-fiction decodable reading books which are used throughout school to support children in learning to read. We take a combined approach to matching appropriate levels to the books children read which focuses on not only their decodable ability with words, but also an individual’s ability to read fluently and fully understand the books they read. The schemes used include:
- Oxford Reading Tree (Floppy’s Phonics, Songbirds, Traditional Tales)
- Big Cat Collins
- Phonics Bug
- Project X
Parents and Carers
At Holy Trinity, we understand that reading is important and that parents and carers have a vital role to play in helping children to enjoy and gain success in reading. Reading and sharing stories at home is one of the most important ways that parents can help their child to succeed. We encourage all parents to take the time to hear their children read and talk about the books with them. By showing children that reading is both important and enjoyable at home, this has a positive impact on the attitudes and beliefs and will instill in children the love of reading.
Phonics and Spelling
At Holy Trinity CE, we recognise reading as a key life skill, which underpins access to the rest of the curriculum. We aim for children to read words and simple sentences by the end of Reception, become successful, fluent readers by the end of Key Stage 1 and develop a lifelong love of reading as they move through school.
The systematic teaching of synthetic phonics, using our bespoke school programme based upon the Letters and Sounds sequence of teaching, is given a high priority throughout Early Years and Key Stage 1.
Children need to learn key phonic knowledge and develop skills in segmenting and blending to complete the phonics check at the end of Year 1 and as part of developing fluency in reading. We also value and encourage pupils to read for enjoyment and recognise that this starts with the foundations of acquiring letter sounds, segmenting and blending skills – enjoying success and gaining confidence from a positive experience.
By the end of Reception, the aim is for all children to have a secure understanding of Phases 2 and 3 in Phonics and to be able to segment and blend words within these phases, in terms of reading and blending words with graphemes learnt from Phase 3, in order to start Phase 4 at the start of the Autumn term in Year 1. Children are introduced to the ‘tricky words’ early in the Autumn term in Reception and aim to read and write the high frequency words for Phase 2 to 3 before they enter Year 1.
The aim in Year 1 is to ensure all children have completed Phase 4 and 5 and be ready to begin the No Nonsense Spelling programme upon entry into Year 2. We aim for all children to read and write all the common exception words for Year 1.
English Impact Statements 2021-22
Promoting a love for reading
At Holy Trinity we aim for all children to fall in love with reading and encourage the children to read for pleasure to enable them to become lifelong readers. The document below shows all the ways we do this across the curriculum:
Here are some useful documents that will help support you and your child's learning at home:
At Holy Trinity, staff have a clear knowledge of what the children need to be able to do within their year group, what they should have learnt the year before as well as what the next steps will be as they progress through school. These progression maps show the progression of skills across Reading, Phonics, Writing and Spelling:
Useful websites to use to support learning at home
Link to Youtube Letters and Sounds channel with videoed lessons from a specialist English team (this links to our schools' scheme of work)
Other useful links:
Want to become a Super Speller? Check out these online games: