Writing and Reading
Read as a writer. Write as a reader.
Reading and writing opens children’s opportunities, creativity, inquiring mind, and their ability to express themselves. You cannot have one without the other. The more children read and write, the more they broaden their vocabulary, so they can become confident communicators. At Skinners’ Kent Primary School (SKPS), we strive for all our children to love reading and writing; for them to see its value and to be able to practise these skills for pleasure as well as learning. SKPS strives for all pupils to feel confident to apply these skills throughout our inquiry-based curriculum and their life beyond. We want our children to understand other people, cultures, and identities - we believe it is through reading, writing and inquiry-based learning, which inspires and engages that this can be achieved for all.
We want the children at SKPS to read as a writer and write as reader because this provides them with the skills and confidence they will need to progress successfully through their life as learners. It gives them the tools to express themselves and communicate with people from every walk of life. Our texts are chosen carefully, using a whole school text map. Using high quality text as a basis for learning, engages the children and helps to develop quality writing as well stimulating learning through our inquiry-based ethos, which places the children and their interests at the centre. The opportunities through reading and writing will help the children grow creatively and become the best versions of themselves.
At SKPS, we are passionate about reading and we endeavour to make sure all our children develop a love of reading and every child leaves as a reader. Central to our approach is the teaching of systematic and synthetic phonics, using Little Wandle Letters and Sounds. Based on the original Letters and Sounds from the DfE. Little Wandle has been extensively revised to provide a complete teaching programme meeting all the expectations of the national curriculum. Daily, discreet, high-quality teaching from the very beginning of Reception, alongside effective assessment, helps the children to meet the ambitious reading targets which are set for them. Regular assessments are used to inform practise and support, with rigorous interventions put in place for those not keeping up with the curriculum objectives.
As part of the Little Wandle Scheme the children in EYFS and KS1 read a levelled book with an adult three time a week, with a virtual copy of the book sent home to parents.
Reading is a daily occurrence throughout KS2, and in this time children have a further opportunity to engage with high quality texts and show their understanding through a range of responds, including fluency and phrasing responding to text, word reading, literal understanding and retrieval, and inference We also ensure that throughout their time at SKPS, children regularly hear adults reading aloud using a class book. In KS2, children are set books on Big Cat Collins, which provides them with a vast range of texts, different genres, and interest. Books are set at the correct level for each children ensuring progress, enjoyment, and challenge.
SKPS has a growing library, and all pupils can borrow reading books to read at school or at home, encouraging a love of reading.
We want all the pupils at SKPS to write as readers, therefore, high-quality texts which have been selected carefully are key to effective writing. Wide ranging texts provides our pupils with the knowledge of different genres, writing styles, formalities, and key SPaG (Spelling, punctuation, and grammar) objectives. During their time at SKPS, the children will explore many different forms of writing from informal to formal, understanding the purpose, audience, and relevance of learning these diverse styles. As part of our inquiry-based learning we endeavour to make connections between writing, reading and the wider curriculum whenever possible, making our environment inspiring, engaging, and meaningful.
Handwriting and Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) objectives are taught as part of our writing lessons, both discreetly and as standalone lessons, depending on the needs of each individual class and pupils. From KS1 the children receive weekly spellings, which are practised at home and school. Beginning in KS2, the children practise during a daily spelling carousel, which involves a range of active, creative, and written activities. We ensure the children apply their learning of grammar, punctuation, and spelling to their writing ensuring all children show progression and become competent and confident writers.
Throughout our school, teaching is planned in a cross-curricular way with a focus on inquiry, making our learning meaningful and placing writing and reading at the heart of everything we do. We want all the pupils at SKPS to read as a writer and write as a reader.