At The Limes primary academy, we want children to love to read and to enjoy reading for pleasure.
Teaching children to read and write accurately, fluently, and confidently is key.
In the words of Dr Seuss- "the more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places, you'll go"
Therefore, we ensure reading is central to our curriculum and we put every effort into making sure that children develop a love of books as well as simply learning to read.
We encourage children to engage with texts for pleasure through:
- Weekly visits to our school library space
- Access to the school library during social times
- Daily reading for pleasure time
- Class novel time
- Half termly story cafes
- Use of accelerated reader
Our reading for pleasure library is the perfect place to sit down and enjoy a good book! Children can share books with their friends in the tree house or sit quietly on a toadstool whilst their imaginations run wild.
As a school we continuously invest in new books and ensure that all books pupils explore; when reading for pleasure or to further develop their reading attainment and fluency, are of a high quality.
At the Limes Primary Academy, it is important to us that all children in the school enjoy writing and are helped to achieve their best writing practice by consistently effective teaching. As a school we have developed an approach to writing and a school teaching sequence that ensures coverage of a range of writing genres that all pupils can access and ensures all pupils can be successful.
Ofsted’s focus within writing is the opportunity of extended writing and the level of quantity and quality children produce.
Extended writing is an important element within the teaching of writing at The limes.
Our writing sequence includes the following key elements:
- Analyse it
- Reconstruct it
- Collect it
- Plan it
- Write it
- Improve it
- Publish it
We believe a stimulating learning environment with clear modelling and expectations sets children up to become fantastic, independent writers! We take pride in our learning environments both in the classroom and corridors.
Writing working walls are located in every classroom, along with class language lines to further develop and embed children’s vocabulary
Every child’s writing is showcased within our school corridors which promotes pride and showcases the progress pupils have made.
Our children take pride in their books and this reflects in their writing books, showing the efforts and progress they have made.
At The Limes Primary Academy, we teach phonics through Read, Write Inc.
Read, Write Inc is a phonics programme that we run from the moment new pupils arrive in our Nursery. The programme is designed to stimulate and challenge children’s thinking and create enthusiastic, life-long readers. It teaches children the sounds in English, the letters that represent them, and how to form the letters when writing. Read, Write Inc. Phonics includes reading books written using only they letters they have learnt at each level (and a small number of separately taught tricky words).
At the Limes we recognise that children who read a lot are successful at school. Reading enriches their vocabulary, their grammar, their writing and their spelling.
The more quickly they learn to read, the more they want to read and the more they understand; the less they struggle with spelling, the more capacity they have for writing what they want to say.
Importantly, if they read and write fluently, they can draw their ideas together – a key skill for effective learning at any age. Teaching children to read, and keeping them reading, are the two things that will make the biggest difference to their future.
The five key principles of the Read, Write Inc programme are:
Read, Write Inc. is an Oxford University Press teaching programme, created by Ruth Miskin, one of the UK’s leading authorities on teaching children to read. Over the last ten years, all of Ruth’s time has been devoted to developing the Read, Write Inc programme, underpinned by her unwavering belief that every child can, and must, learn to read.
We are proud to be a Read, Write Inc. school.
To visit the Read Write Inc. website please click the link