Dr Seuss would say “The more that you read, the more you will know, the more that you know, the more places you will go” – this is just one of the many inspirations quotes you can see up around our academy.
At Edward Worlledge Ormiston Academy we place reading and writing at the heart of all lessons. Children who read and write for pleasure every day are happier in school and tend to develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of the world around them. One of the great benefits of a child being able to read is watching how this impacts on their growing imagination and when a child really engages in a book, this sets a sound foundation for writing.
We understand that all children need to learn to read and write so they can function as an adult and access opportunities that will enhance their lives.
Think of how often you use your own reading skills in everyday life; letters, contracts, forms, signs, labels, and the messages on your phone, too.
The same goes for writing. Nowadays, even phone calls have given way to instant messaging and text-based communication, making the ability to read and write even more important.
But beyond the functional level, literacy plays a vital role in transforming students into socially engaged citizens. Being able to read and write means being able to keep up with current events, communicate effectively, get support and understand the issues that are shaping our world.
At EWOA we aim to foster a love of reading by ensuring that our children have many opportunities to explore a wide variety of quality texts and that these texts are embedded within the literacy lesson and across the wider curriculum.
Children begin their reading journey by having a daily phonics lessons. During these lessons, they are taught how to read and write using the Letters and Sounds programme. Once a child is secure in their phonics, they then move on to Accelerated Reader; an independent reading scheme which not only further develops a child’s decoding skills but also their comprehension skills.
All children receive a daily reading lesson whereby the text is modelled by the teacher and a variety of reading skills are taught. Children are then given opportunities to apply these new skills across the curriculum.
Writing is based on the ‘Power of Reading’ which encourages a love of literature. Children are immersed in a quality text whereby they have the opportunity to explore new writing genres within the context of a book, prior to independently writing. They are also taught the features of the genre and the grammar needed for their level of development. In addition to this, your child will be taught the fundamentals of spelling i.e. spelling patterns, spelling rules and common exception words.
Whole Academy Initiatives for Reading
To encourage the children to read, each year group has a reading tree displayed in hall of the Academy. Every time they read a book this is added to the tree. the children can then see how well their year group is doing and also have a recommended reading list at hand.
We also have an Accelerated Reader Champion (Miss Jowett) who provides each class with a weekly word count of words read.
Whole Academy Initiatives for Writing
Throughout the year, the children participate in a variety of writing initiatives such as Shakespeare week and 500 word stories. Another initiative which is extremely popular is the ‘Young writers ‘competitions. Many of our children have had their writing published in the Young writers’ books as a result of their imaginative writing.
We are fortunate enough to have an Academy Library which is filled with high quality and interesting texts, a comprehensive phonics section and a large section of Accelerated reader books.
Use this link for Accelerated Reader – login page
Each class has a weekly dedicated library slot, where they can choose and change books.
Every time your child reads at home their teacher will give them a raffle ticket. Each class then implements a weekly reading prize draw, the prize being a new book of their choice to keep.