“Literacy is the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realise his or her full potential.”
Kofi Annan, Secretary General United Nations 1997 – 2006
Here at Cowlersley Primary School, we believe that the skills of literacy are essential to everyday life; they allow us to communicate and operate on a day to day basis in a practical way and to enjoy language.
The teaching of English or Literacy in school falls under three different headings, Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing. The development of children's skills and knowledge in these areas is of the utmost importance to us and we work hard to ensure that the children have the reading fluency and skills they need to access the rest of the curriculum. We aim to instil a love of reading in every child and believe books and stories open up a whole new secret world.
Phonics - where it all begins!
In Early Years and Key Stage 1, we use Read Write Inc. Phonics to teach and embed the fundamental skills for reading. Our reading scheme comprises of a wide range of texts to ensure that children can apply their knowledge of phonics in different contexts, and children access these books as early into the term as possible.
From Year 1 to Year 6, children use Accelerated Reader, which is a powerful tool for monitoring and managing independent reading practice, motivating children to read for pleasure. This system allows them to choose suitably challenging texts to read and enjoy, finishing with a book quiz. Regular Star Reader assessments allow teachers to monitor children's progress and support them with any areas for improvement. These assessments provide the children with a Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD). This number supports the children in choosing a reading book that is at the correct level of understanding for their stage of development - encouraging fluency, knowledge and reading for pleasure.
Whole class discrete Resilient Reader sessions are taught daily, which incorporate highly engaging word work tasks and the exploration of high quality texts. Our curriculum for reading ensures all our children have the opportunity to develop and perfect all of the characteristics of being a good reader. These include:
• Excellent phonic knowledge and skills
• Fluency and accuracy in reading across a wide range of contexts throughout the curriculum
• Knowledge of an extensive and rich vocabulary
• An excellent comprehension of texts
• The motivation to read for both study and for pleasure
• Extensive knowledge through having read a rich and varied range of texts