Reading Statement of Intent
At St Oswald's we believe that all children should have the opportunity to be fluent, confident readers who are able to successfully comprehend and understand a wide range of texts. We want children to develop a love of reading and become enthusiastic and motivated readers. We want to develop children's confidence in reading and have a good knowledge of a range of authors and be able to understand more about the world in which they live through the knowledge they gain from texts. We encourage inquisitive readers who ask questions about the text and enhance children’s vocabulary skills using tiered vocabulary.
We understand the importance of families in supporting children to develop both word reading and comprehension skills, so we encourage a home-school partnership which enables families to understand how to enhance skills being taught in school through good quality texts.
Early reading skills are embedded through the use of phonics, Read Write Inc, as well as discussions around books and their features. Sharing stories, information texts and poetry with the whole class and in small groups during our guided reading sessions. We follow a whole school reading scheme which supports both word reading and comprehension, until the children become free-readers. We have a recommended book list for each key stage which supports children and parents, to choose books which provide the correct level of challenge and are engaging to read.
The promotion of the love of reading across school is developed through reading displays, class stories/novels, reading events such as World Book Day celebrations and book fairs as well as reading certificates. Reading lies at the heart of our curriculum and we are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers and we believe reading is the key to academic success.
National Curriculum: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-english-programmes-of-study/national-curriculum-in-england-english-programmes-of-study
Writing Statement of Intent
At St Oswald’s C of E Academy, children are taught writing skills through studying a range of fiction and non-fiction texts, including the use of teacher-produced models for writing. In EYFS and Key Stage 1, children are encouraged to learn texts by heart, before innovating and then applying more independent changes to the model until they can write freely with confidence. This helps them to understand the key language and layout features of different text types.
In Key Stage 1, picture books are used as a visual stimulus to develop vocabulary choices and composition. By Upper Key Stage 2, children engage in novel studies, as well as writing independently and freely at length. Writing is completed under the banner of the topic where possible. Children write at length during their topic times as well which ensures that skills taught during the specific writing and grammar sessions are rehearsed and refined independently.
Our writing is enhanced through using resources from The Literacy Shed and Talk for Writing.
Pupils are taught to plan, revise and evaluate their writing. To be able to do this effectively, they will focus on developing effective transcription and composition. They will also develop an awareness of the audience, purpose and context, and an increasingly wide knowledge of vocabulary and grammar. We also intend for pupils to leave school being able to use fluent, legible and speedy handwriting.
With regards to Spelling, teachers will show pupils how to understand the relationships between words, how to understand nuances in meaning, and how to develop their understanding of, and ability to use, figurative language. They will also teach pupils how to work out and clarify the meanings of unknown words and words with more than one meaning. Pupils will be taught to control their speaking and writing consciously and to use Standard English.
Oracy Statement of Intent
Throughout the school children are given the opportunity to increase their spoken vocabulary through many activities embedded within classroom practice.
Talk for Writing, 1:1 activities with adults, small group work and class performances.
Teachers and support staff are tasked with improving the confidence and competence of their children with spoken word - as well as their listening skills. Through small group work and focused group work in all areas of the curriculum children are exposed to language and grammar which is challenging and specific to their learning.
Conscience alleys and other dramatic practice will expose children to opportunities to be in role and to also select appropriate language for the situation.
We value the importance of drama. Drama is a valuable tool for raising self-expression, confidence and self-esteem. Drama is also taught as a stimulus for other subject areas. The children also gain experiences through watching visiting theatre groups and by participating in workshops.