English at Sacred Heart
Phonics Coordinator: Miss Wood
"Evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who don’t, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures.
In fact, reading for pleasure is more likely to determine whether a child does well at school than their social or economic background."
At Sacred Heart, we use the RIC approach in our teaching and learning. This teaches the fundamental skills of retrieval, interpreting and choice as well as other skills specific for each year group. Children collate their work in reading journals which are used to make an assessment of their progres across the year.
At Sacred Heart, we teach children that when they write, they are painting a picture for the reader. They are hooked into their genre, then taught the tools they need to be successful which completes their paint pallet. During this, they learn grammatical tools and develop their vocabulary before producing their written outcome. After their writing, they use the paint pallet to reflect on their work and have time to edit and redraft to make sure they have shown the best version of their work.
We have 4 librarians - Betty, Motaz, Emanuel and Elena from year 5 and year 6. They did a fantastic job of inspiring the children to read and use the library well.
We have a school Home Reading Heroes challenge, the children get a raffle ticket for reading 3 times a week (5 times in year 6) and then there is a draw to see who wins a book to take home - see our Twitter feed for up to date information of the assembly and Home Reading Heroes winners.
To show our love of reading we are using reading scrap books and have recently subscribed to The Week Junior to link to Picture News and widen the general knowledge of our children.
Reading is the key to all learning and we know a love of reading can last forever!