Westbury Leigh Primary School


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Phonics

Phonics is a key part of learning how to decode words.  We follow the sounds write approach which means children have access to a wide range of words and are able to word build and deconstruct words with confidence without the need for rules. 

 

Our curriculum will: 

  •     inspire children to learn about themselves and their place in the global community 
  •     aspire to be challenging, relevant and meaningful 
  •     achieve the best outcome for every child

 

Intent

We want every child to be successful, fluent readers and writers by the end of Key Stage One and we believe that this is achievable through a combination of strong, high quality phonics teaching combined with regular, daily opportunities for developing reading skills combined with a whole language approach that promotes a ‘Reading for Pleasure’ culture. The teaching of phonics is a key strategy that is used to help our children to read, write and spell. High quality phonics is an important part of the word decoding skills required by children to develop higher level whole language and comprehension skills. This approach is in alignment with our belief that we first ‘learn to read’ and then ‘read to learn’. 

 

Implementation

Phonics is taught alongside reading from day 1 of school.  It is delivered as a daily lesson and referenced across the curriculum in KS1 and EY.  In KS2, reference to phonics is made in learning and supporting writing and reading.  Intervention through keep up and catch up is used to give those who need it greater immersion in their learning.  Progress is monitored and reviewed regularly.  We follow the Sounds write scheme and teach early reading linking reading books to this. 

 

Impact

High quality phonic teaching ensures all children are able to use this skills in their reading and writing, this is reflected in the quality of their decoding and spelling and their ability to use words in a structured way for sense. 

 

RRS Article 28 - You have the right to a good quality education. You should be encouraged to go to school to the highest level you can. 

 

Oracy

 

Oracy enables children to make sense of their thoughts by developing an understanding of language. It is critically important and is the bedrock to support the ability to communicate. Taught well, oracy can permeate pupil’s lives both in and out of the classroom and will become a lifelong skill. Through this, children will learn to discuss, debate, make speeches and talk like an expert and present themselves effectively and coherently. This policy will set out how the subject should be taught and sustained through teaching and learning.  

 

Our curriculum will: 

  •     inspire children to learn about themselves and their place in the global community 
  •     aspire to be challenging, relevant and meaningful 
  •     achieve the best outcome for every child

 

Intent 

We want every child to be successful, fluent speakers which will feed into writing by the end of Key Stage Two and we believe that this is achievable through a combination of structured, high quality Oracy teaching combined with regular opportunities for practising and developing oracy skills in a variety of groupings, settings and purpose, backed up by consistent ground rules. The teaching of oracy is a key strategy that is used to help our children to speak and ultimately write fluently and succinctly. 

  

Implementation 

Oracy is taught and practised through a weekly session linked to the debate question of the topic.  It is delivered in a variety of ways using different groupings as set out in School 21 resources.  In KS2, debating and speech making is a part of the oracy planning as well as opportunities to use subject specific vocabulary  Progress is monitored and built into English or through subject –specific vocabulary.   

  

Impact 

High quality speech making and debating ensures all children have the opportunity to give voice to their opinions and thoughts and this is reflected in the quality of their speaking and vocabulary and their ability to use words in a structured way for sense.