Our Federation English Curriculum

Reading 

Reading and Phonics

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At Calstock and Stoke Climsland federation, we have created a Reading Pathway, which leads children from their first steps of letter recognition and decoding to developing a love of reading, creating fluent and confident readers, who by the end of year 6, are well-able to clarify and question a range of texts.

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The Read Write Inc phonics programme is a rigorous, systematic and progressive approach to the teaching of phonics-this is the relationship between sounds and the written spelling patterns, or graphemes, which represent them. All children in Reception, KS1 and, where necessary, KS2 have daily phonics sessions in small ability groups where they participate in speaking, listening, spelling and reading activities that are matched to their current needs. The teachers draw upon observations and continuous assessment to ensure children are stretched and challenged and to identify children who may need additional support. Timely intervention is planned for those children who are working below expected levels as soon as their needs are identified.

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In the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage One, children also experience a range of high quality books which they talk about, act out and explore as they develop their vocabulary and love of reading through the sharing of stories/texts and early reading skills are developed.
Read, Write, Inc

Children begin their reading journey with the Read Write Inc programme.

This promotes early reading skills through:

Children practising reading daily

The study of ‘real books’ alongside phonic readers to promote comprehension skills

Teaching children in small groups matched to the skills they need to learn
Children in years 1-6 have a 40 minute reading lesson every day. This is because we believe reading is the key to all learning. In Year 1 and the first part of Year 2, children’s lessons focus on the RWInc reading programme. Alongside this, children in year 1 and 2 receive a daily 20 minute Read Write Inc Phonics lesson.Children in years 2-6 move onto the Read Write Inc Spelling programme when they are secure in their knowledge of phonics.

Phonics and Reading Pathway

Whole Class Reading

Children move onto the Whole Class Reading programme as soon as their phonic knowledge and reading fluency are secure.

The programme supports and challenges both basic and more competent readers

Develops their skills through reading a wide range of carefully selected literature including fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

Children read a mixture of complete books (these are also a focus of class story time) and carefully chosen extracts arranged into themes. These themes may match current topics studied, religious festivals, PSHE topics, or song lyrics and poems.


The books and extracts are supported by well-thought-out, structured teaching materials that stimulate discussion about the text

Class story time gives all children the opportunity to discuss and analyse high quality texts

In Years 3 to 6, the class novels also form the basis of our writing curriculum. These are chosen to represent a variety of genres and themes.

We all know that reading opens the door to all learning.

A child who reads a lot will become a good reader.

A good reader will be able to read challenging material.

A child who reads challenging material is a child who will learn.

The more a child learns the more a child wants to find out.

Writing

At Calstock and Stoke Federation, we aim to give our children a writing curriculum, which enables them to become confident, creative and independent writers who are well able to articulate their own ideas. We support our children to develop transferable skills, which they can use across the wider curriculum and throughout their lives. We use educational visits, high quality literature, film, art and music as stimuli for writing which links learning to real life experience and provides a contextualised, meaningful curriculum. We want to inspire children to be confident in the art of oracy and be able to use discussion to develop their learning. The skill of fluency in speaking, writing and reading, empowers children and allows them to be effective communicators in a modern world.




At Calstock and Stoke Climsland Federation, we strive to help our children develop into articulate and imaginative communicators, who are well equipped with the skills they need to become life-long learners; English learning is key in this.
We aim to ensure all of our children develop a genuine love of language and the written word, through a text-based approach; this links closely to the way we teach reading, as the text that we use in writing lessons, where possible, is the same text as the one that we use in reading lessons.
By focusing on four core purposes of writing: to entertain, to inform, to persuade and to discuss, we ensure that children develop an understanding of how widely writing is used in everyday life and, therefore, how important and useful the skills are that they are learning.

Our intentions in writing are for children to:

Write for a purpose

See themselves as real writers

Take ownership of their writing

See writing as an interesting and enjoyable process

Acquire the ability to organise and plan their written work
Writing Implementation

In reception, children write daily. ‘Hold a sentence’ writing forms part of RWInc lessons. Composition is completed during small group writing sessions.


In Key Stages 1 and 2, children:


follow the national curriculum through a text-mapped curriculum devised by the school.

have four 45 minute writing sessions each week.

Each writing cycle runs over three weeks and includes the following steps:

Immersion (linked to the class novel): discussing and investigating the features of the genre and generating ideas for writing.
Text interrogation and shared writing: focus on grammar, punctuation and spelling.
Co-construct: shared and modelled write with discussion around writing similar to focus genre with an emphasis on structure, vocabulary and grammar.
Summarising and sequencing storyboards, maps, research and notes.
Planning: story mapping and text organisation
Drafting: independent writing based on planning and shared writing.
Editing: focusing on the technical aspects of writing.
Redrafting: rewrite to develop authorial voices and language choices.
Within each cycle, children in Key Stage 1 initially write a carefully scaffolded retelling of the core text, or modelled non-fiction piece. In the second phase of the cycle they have the opportunity to innovate their own version.

In Key Stage 2, children work towards completing a complete example of the text type studied with a short focused interim piece (e.g. an introduction or a dilemma paragraph) completed in the first phase of the cycle.





Impact

Our text led curriculum establishes an environment of creativity, motivating and engaging children in their learning of English. Curriculum books show a range of learning outcomes with rich examples of written work in a variety of contexts. Children’s exposure to inspiring and diverse fictional and non-fictional texts fosters a love of reading and allows them to become fluent readers and confident writers.

Classroom talk is essential to children's learning, progress and enjoyment, and can have a positive impact on the clarity and quality of their writing skills.  By focusing on oracy strategies, we can also help to develop students' self-confidence and self-esteem. As part of regular lesson provision in English, pupils will be involved in discussion, speeches, presentations, debate, critical thinking, role play and drama based activities. These vehicles for oracy foster collaborative learning skills and encourage all pupils to be confident in articulation and conversation, empowering them to have equal confidence and skill as writers.

Every half term, the children will complete two independent formal writing assessments. This is where they will be expected to showcase the grammar and writing styles they have been developing over the course of each half term.

An overview of the federation’s extended writing curriculum can be found here:

Long Term Curriulum Plan KS Reading SpineClass Text Overview KS2
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