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‘Talk for Writing’ Approach

At Nene and Ramnoth School we are committed to helping every child succeed, whatever their background or ability.  We aim to offer our pupils a rich and exciting English curriculum that will help them to become confident communicators and prepare them for the challenges that they will face in life.  We have devised a writing curriculum that engages all students through a 'Talk for Writing' approach with texts that are rich and rewarding. 

Our students are taught writing using the 'Talk for Writing' approach using a range of quality texts that inspire and engage.  All our texts are linked to the children's project work and the children will visit each text type through a coherent and carefully mapped curriculum. Whilst being engrossed in these rich books the children also learn the building blocks of writing: grammar, punctuation, spellings and comprehension.   

Reading

At our school we believe that reading is an essential life skill and we are committed to enabling our children to become life long readers. At the heart of our strategy is our drive to foster a love of reading, enriching children's learning through carefully designed teaching activities that utilise imaginative stories and thought provoking texts.  The aim is that by the end of Key Stage 1 (Year 2) children have a firm foundation of skills to enable them to make further progress with their reading so that they end Year 6 being able to read fluently and with confidence, ready for their secondary education.

Children are taught reading skills and comprehension in Guided Reading lessons. They have opportunities to read independently throughout the week and to listen to and enjoy books read by the teacher.

Accelerated Reader

Accelerated Reader is a computer program that helps teachers manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice.  Children choose a book at their own level and reads it at their own pace. When finished, they take a short quiz on the computer - passing the quiz shows the children how much they have understood what has been read.   

Since they are reading books at their own reading and interest levels, most children are likely to be successful and enjoy the books and quizzes; best of all, they learn and grow at their own pace.

How can I help my child become a better reader?

As with anything, performance improves with practice.  According to research,
children who read at least 20 minutes a day with a 90% comprehension rate on
Accelerated Reader quizzes, see the greatest gains.  Encourage your child to read at home, discuss books, ask questions about what they have read and visit your local library. 

What do our children say about AR?

“I love t he new books in the library.”

“It makes me feel proud of myself when I get a good score.”

“The quizzes are exciting because you never know what questions might come up!”

“I like that I can do quizzes on non-fiction books now.”

“I love choosing my own reading books because I can read lots of different books and find out about the world!”

Phonics

At Nene and Ramnoth, we believe that it is vitally important that children have a secure understanding of the letter sounds and spelling system of the English language and that they develop these skills to become happy, confident, fluent and effective readers.

Throughout EYFS and KS1 (and KS2 if required), we teach phonic skills through a systematic approach following the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme of teaching and support this through pictures, actions and rhymes. Children take part in daily phonic lessons delivered with a visual, auditory and kinaesthetic approach to engage all learners at the appropriate level. Lessons are highly engaging and require all children to be active participants in their learning.

Phonic lessons follow the structure of:

  • Revisit/review
  • Teach
  • Practise
  • Apply

Every child has their own ‘phonics passport’ which allows individual progress to be carefully monitored.

At Nene and Ramnoth School we have the highest expectations of all our children and staff, and as such all aspects of phonics are rigorously monitored to ensure high quality teaching, accurate assessment and timely and effective intervention and challenge.