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Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

English

Intent

English has a leading place in education and society. At Oasis Academy Putney we ensure our children have access to a high-quality English curriculum that is both challenging and enjoyable. We provide our children with a variety of high-quality reading materials & opportunities, which will enable them to develop as lifelong readers with a love of reading. It is important that all children’s vocabulary and use of standard English both written and orally is enhanced. All children must be confident and independent readers, with the ability to be able to ask questions about the text. We believe that all children can – and indeed must, be successful in the study of reading. At Oasis Academy Putney, we do not accept that prior attainment should limit what a child is capable of learning. Reading is for everyone at our academy. We will ensure our children are active, resilient learners who become life-long linguists.

The national curriculum for reading aims to ensure that all pupils:
  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate

Implementation 

 A love of Reading

  • Reading corners/areas in each classroom to engage children
  • Vocabulary walls in each classroom to promote the use of high end vocabulary
  • Library weekly visits per class to encourage children to choose a book (supervised to ensure children are choosing appropriate books)
  • Library week provides opportunities for children to explore a range of books with children from other year groups
  • Monthly reading enrichment days/sessions across the school academic year
  • Provision for reading in the outside area

 

Teaching and Learning of Reading

EYFS:
  • Letters and Sounds is used for the planning and teaching of reading
  • Taught in small groups, depending on the stage that the children are at.
  • Daily phonics sessions using Letters and Sounds.
  • Application of reading skills in provision areas.
Key Stage 1:
  • Letters and Sounds is used for the planning and teaching of reading
  • Taught in small groups, depending on the stage that the children are at
  • Daily phonics sessions using Letters and Sounds.
  • Application of reading skills in provision areas (Y1)
  • Daily explicit teaching of reading skills (Y2)
  • Daily opportunities for recording (Y2)
Key Stage 2:
  • Daily explicit teaching of reading skills using the Literacy Leaves

 

Impact

Children will have a love of Reading and make at least good progress in reading from their last point of statutory assessment of from their starting point in Reception. Children will use their Reading skills as a key tool in helping them to learn, and as a result, know more, remember more and understand more.

At Oasis Academy Putney, we use formative assessment to determine children’s understanding. Feedback is given to the children through marking and next step tasks to ensure they are meeting the specific learning objective. Teacher’s then use this assessment to influence their planning and ensure they are providing a reading curriculum that will allow each child to progress.

Reading is monitored throughout all year groups using a variety of strategies such as subject leader learning walks, book scrutinies, data analysis, lesson observations and pupil interviews.

Each term children from Year 2 and above use summative assessment to help them to develop their testing approach and demonstrate their understanding of the topics covered. Year 2 and 6 use previous SATS papers as well as Headstart tests. Years 3, 4 and 5 use Headstart tests.