The English Curriculum uses a Text Based approach which sees children working with real texts from significant children’s authors. The planning and teaching is developed through a read, immerse analyse and write sequence. This engages the children in analysing real texts and writing for a purpose; sometimes from real first hand experiences linked to the Vehicle Curriculum. The writing in school has a sense of purpose and enthusiasm.
At St Dominic’s Catholic Primary School we use Read Write Inc Phonics (RWI) to give our children the best possible start with their literacy.
Read Write Inc (RWI) is a phonics complete literacy programme which helps all children learn to read fluently and at speed so they can focus on developing their skills in comprehension, vocabulary and spelling.
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Children at St Dominic’s Catholic Primary School are given phonetically decodable books which are linked and matched to their stage of acquisition of sounds. This is a book taken directly from the Read, Write Inc Scheme which is read in class and then taken home to consolidate learning.
In addition to the phonetically decodable book matched to ability mentioned above, children also take another book home to read. This is a ‘sharing’ book to share at home.
Once children become fluent speedy readers and they have completed the Read Write Inc programme, they will move on to banded Reading books. These are chosen from a selection of schemes including Bug Club, Rigby Star, Oxford Reading Tree, Treetops and Lighthouse.
To further develop Reading all children in the Reception Class become members of the Library in Stone and visit on a weekly basis to partake in story time. Each child selects a book to take home and share with their family. The children in the rest of the school have the opportunity to visit the school library on a weekly basis to select a book to read by themselves or to take home and share with their family.
Here at St Dominic’s Catholic Primary School all children are taught cursive handwriting starting on the line. We aim for our pupils to develop a neat, legible, speedy handwriting style using continuous cursive letters in a joined handwriting script that leads to producing letters and words automatically in independent writing.