Woolavington Village Primary School

Woolavington Village Primary School

Reading and Writing

We want to ensure that every child leaves Woolavington Village Primary School with a love of books and an enjoyment of reading.

We believe this is fundamental if children are to become successful readers and writers.

Our approach to learning and teaching reading and writing is therefore closely linked to the principles of Talk for Writing by Pie Corbett.

For children to be successful readers and writers teachers need to ensure:

  • Children are introduced to high quality novels and picture books and that these provide the context for learning in lessons.
  • Children are clear about what they will be learning over the course of a unit of work and the different stages that they will encounter. This will mean every classroom has an English Learning wall that reflects this journey and is updated frequently.
  • · Planning for English lessons takes into account the Talk for Writing approach adopted by the school as well as the needs of individual children and the expectations of the curriculum for that year group.
  • There are opportunities for daily reading and sustained writing.
  • Teachers are continuously modelling high quality reading skills (intonation, expression, deduction) as well as modelling high quality writing. (using this as an opportunity to model handwriting, spelling and punctuation.
  • Transcription and Composition skills are taught through high quality modelled writing and through the schemes adopted by the school. Eg. Nelson Handwriting.
  • Whole class novels across the school are used to provide context for lessons and reading and writing activities. Children should be imitating language, innovating by using ideas in the novel and writing their own inventions based upon the ideas in a book.
  • The children at Woolavington use the Accelerated Reader to match their reading fluency with their comprehension.