Our Vision for English
At All Saints CE Academy, it is our vision to create a community where children can express themselves and communicate confidently with others, developing their character and enabling them to flourish together. We aim to develop a lifelong love and passion for reading and writing by exposing children to a wide range of quality authors and genres.
English and Literacy contribute to the whole school curriculum by developing the abilities of our children to speak, listen, read and write for a wide range of purposes and audiences, using language to learn and communicate ideas, viewpoints and feelings confidently.
The children in our school are taught in safe, secure and stimulating environments, enabling them all to achieve their fullest potential. Every child will be revered and respected as part of our school family and loved and valued as one of God’s children.
For further information on how English is organised in our school, please see our English policy. Keep on reading to see what reading and writing look like at All Saints.
Reading at All Saints CE Academy
Children who read regularly, or are read to regularly, have the opportunity to open the doors to so many different worlds! More importantly, reading will give children the tools to become independent life-long learners. We believe that reading is a key skill and are dedicated to ensuring that by the time our children leave us, they are competent and confident readers, ready for the next stage of their life.
All members of our teaching team are exceedingly qualified to deliver: high-quality phonics sessions, guided reading sessions, one-to-one reading sessions, shared reading and interventions where necessary. All staff respond and adapt their teaching to ensure our children are stretched and challenged and to identify those children who may require additional support. Our school is well resourced with high-quality texts in a wide range of genres to ensure children have opportunities to apply and develop their reading skills. We regularly review and update our resources to ensure that they are appropriate for our current cohorts. Staff training is updated regularly.
The teaching of reading in our school is coherently planned through the use of our systematic, synthetic phonics programme (Letters and Sounds). Through a continuous cycle of planning, teaching and assessment we support the individual learning journeys of all children.
Through the teaching of systematic, synthetic phonics, our aim is for our children to become fluent readers by the end of Key Stage One. This is evidenced through our phonics screening results in which our children always achieve highly. From this, we can focus on developing their fluency and comprehension as they move through the school. However, we firmly believe that reading is the key to all learning and so the impact of our reading curriculum goes beyond the results of the statutory assessments. We promote reading for pleasure as part of our reading curriculum. Children speak extremely positively about reading and enjoy reading as part of their daily lives. They relish the idea of exploring a new book together or independently and understanding the importance of reading as a lifelong skill.