Reading and Writing
At Midfield we are passionate about reading and we are keen to instil a love for reading through the teaching of the Read Write Inc. scheme of work. In Early Years, RWI helps to develop children's speaking and listening, reading and writing skills. It is a scheme of work developed for literacy by Ruth Miskin, who is one of the UK’s leading authorities on teaching children to read. The Read Write Inc scheme is also followed in Year 1 to aid children's continued learning of phonics.
Over the past three years, Read Write Inc. has had a positive impact on children’s reading progress. Midfield’s pass rate for the Year One Phonics Screen Check is testament to this.
At the start of each new term children in Early Years, as well as in Year One, are assessed to help identify whether a child has gaps (or children who are surging ahead) in their knowledge of phonics. Reception and Year 1 children are assigned to their own small group for regular reading (and writing in Reception) sessions with a trained instructor using Read Write Inc. methods. These groups are organised according to their specific needs, and the specific sounds and letters are taught in fun and engaging ways.
Regular assessments help to identify children who are making consistent progress and they are placed in a group where the books may be a bit more challenging. On the other hand, regular assessments also help identify children who may need extra help. This is provided on a 1:1 basis, at least three times a week.
A considerable amount of time and money has been invested in the training of teacher and teaching assistants alike. The training is ongoing and led by Mrs Barton, our Head of School.
Five key principles underpin the teaching in all Read Write Inc. sessions as taken from the Teacher Handbook:
- Participation – As they are in small groups, children participate fully in every session. They are able to maintain high levels of concentration and they do not miss key elements of the teaching.
- Praise - Children work together as partners. They take turns to teach and praise each other. They are motivated by praise from their teachers and teaching assistants.
- Pace - Sessions never drag. The lively pace keeps every child fully engaged and on task.
- Purpose - Every instructor has been trained in Read Write Inc. methods. They know the purpose of each activity, and how it leads into the next.
- Passion - Instructors, too, become passionate about their teaching as they see the children enjoying the progress they are making.
In Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 elements of the Power of Reading are followed to teach literacy.
These elements include music, art, drama, discussion and role-play. Other approaches include responding to illustrations, ‘Book Talk’, storymapping and book making. Children take ownership of the text and engage with it deeply.
The carefully chosen texts are all part of Centre for Literacy in Primary Education’s (CLPE) Core Book List. This resource can be signed up to on the Core Books website.
“Reading for pleasure, achievement for life”