Literacy

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.

Our Aim

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.

Reading

At Edward Worlledge Ormiston Academy, children will learn to read with confidence, fluency and understanding, providing them with the skills required to achieve a lifetime of enjoyment through reading.

Our reading aims are:

  • To promote reading for pleasure.
  • To promote confidence and positive attitudes to reading through access to a wide range of literature.
  • To develop phonetic skills which lead to blending and reading accurately and fluently.
  • To broaden their vocabulary.
  • To develop comprehension skills which enable children to analyse what they read and to participate in discussion and debate about texts.
  • To encourage good home/school partnerships.
  • To monitor each child’s progress using a range of assessment strategies. 
  • To support those children who require additional support with reading.

Our reading curriculum links closely with our writing curriculum; we use a text-based approach that enables us to create opportunities for reading, discussion and writing within English and reading lessons. Teachers read to the children on a daily basis in every year group, as we believe this is vital in developing the children’s imagination, expanding their understanding of the world and promoting a culture of reading for enjoyment. 

In EYFS and KS1 reading is taught through daily phonics lessons following the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised SSP. Please see more information on our phonics provision on the phonics page of our website. 

Once children are confident in phonics and are able to decode texts with increasing fluency, there is a greater focus on comprehension within reading lessons. 

Reading lessons at Edward Worlledge follow a sequence of teaching and modelling VIPERS skills, partner tasks for children to practice using skills taught and independent tasks for application. VIPERS is an acronym of the 6 reading domains, they are the key areas which we feel children need to know and understand in order to improve their comprehension of texts.

VIPERS stands for;

Vocabulary – Explaining the meaning of vocabulary in context. 

Infer – Drawing inferences based on evidence in the text.

Predict – Predicting what might happen next based on what has been read.

Explain – Explaining your thoughts on the text and the choices of the author.

Retrieve – Retrieving key information from the text.

Sequence or Summarise – Sequencing key events and summarising the key themes. 

Writing Journey

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.

Academy Library

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.

Rewards

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.

The Literacy Curriculum is based on the National Curriculum, Norfolk County Provision and the Edward Worlledge Ormiston Academy Curriculum intent of Choice and Opportunity.

Literacy Curriculum

Recommended Reads

BBC Bitesize

Learn and revise every aspect of literacy, including grammar, spelling, punctuation, reading and writing.

National Literacy trust – free resources and lots of information.

https://literacytrust.org.uk/free-resources/

Pobble 365 – 365 days of reading tasks.

https://www.pobble365.com

Teach your monster to read

https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com

Literacy shed- free resources and support for parents.

https://www.literacyshedplus.com/en-gb/

Primary resources – lots of free resources

http://www.primaryresources.co.uk/english/english.htm

The World of David Walliams