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Reading Curriculum Intent Statement 

It is our intent at Colton Primary School to provide pupils with a high-quality education in English that will teach them to speak, read and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others effectively. 

At Colton Primary School reading is an important part of all children’s learning and progress, impacting all areas of the curriculum. We aim for all children to be at or above the age related expectation by the end of KS1 (unless they have significant SEND).  

When teaching early reading, we begin with rhymes and sharing books whilst developing early comprehension skills. We invest in early Talk Boost sessions and a Speech and Language therapist to ensure there is early intervention if children are having any difficulties with speech and language. We use a synthetic phonics programme called ‘Read Write Inc’ produced by Ruth Miskin. Read Write Inc is a method of learning letter sounds and blending them together to read and write words. As part of this, children in Reception, Year 1 and 2 have daily phonics sessions in small, fluid groups where they participate in speaking, listening and spelling activities that are matched to their developing needs. The teachers draw upon observations and continuous assessment to ensure children are challenged and to identify children who may need additional support to prevent them falling behind. Children work through the different phases, learning and developing their phonics sounds and knowledge. The New Curriculum also supports children’s phonic development and we are working in line with the curriculum content provided. Phonics learning is combined with the school’s structured reading scheme to develop reading skills. Every year in June, the Year One pupils take the National Phonic Screening check. All children are expected to reach the benchmark level, unless they have significant SEND. Parents are provided with a preparation pack to support their children in readiness for this assessment.   

At Colton Primary, the schools main reading scheme is ‘Oxford Reading Tree,’ however this is supplemented with other schemes including: Project X and Big Cat Collins. School has also purchased ‘Reading Buddy’. This is an online reading scheme which children can access both at home and school. This means that all children have the opportunity to read a wide variety of books in a structured, challenging and progressive approach. All books included on ‘Reading Buddy’ are colour banded and set individually by the class teacher ensuring appropriate challenge is provided for all children. Children are also encouraged to enhance their reading through visiting the school library each week and choosing a book to read for pleasure. We also loan books for classroom reading areas from the School Library Service, these books are changed half-termly and suit children’s interests. Each day children are read to by their class teacher; this is either a book recommended by the teacher or a chosen book by a child. We are also very fortunate that we have parents and volunteers who come in to listen to children read 1-1 in the classroom setting. During the week from Year 1 – Year 6 children experience guided reading and VIPERS sessions enabling them to develop their comprehension skills. Children and parents are then encouraged to use the skills learnt in these lessons at home when reading. At Colton Primary, we follow the ‘Talk for Writing’ programme in English lessons and we ensure high quality texts are chosen to engage and motivate children and inspire them to build a love to read. 

By the time children leave Colton Primary, they are competent readers who can recommend books to their peers, have a thirst for reading a range of genres including poetry, and participate in discussions about books, including evaluating an author’s use of language and the impact this can have on the reader.  They can also read books to enhance their knowledge and understanding of all subjects on the curriculum, and communicate their research to a wider audience. 

Writing Curriculum Intent Statement 

It is our intent at Colton Primary School to provide pupils with a high-quality education in English that will teach them to speak, read and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others effectively. 

At Colton Primary School, we encourage our children to aim high and think creatively when writing. We encourage them to be adventurous in their language and word choices and to write with clear purpose and for pleasure. In order for these aims to be developed, it is essential that our children learn to spell accurately, learning spelling rules and common exception words in each year group. Children who are confident with their spelling skills can write for pleasure. We strive to provide our children with the necessary strategies for learning new spelling patterns and provide them with the opportunity to apply these skills, we use the Spelling Shed and the Silkcock programme to teach spelling patterns and give weekly spellings for children to learn. 

At Colton, we use the Talk for Writing approach when teaching English lessons. The movement from imitation to innovation to independent application can be adapted to suit the needs of learners of any stage. A key feature is that children internalise the language structures needed to write through ‘talking the text’ as well as close reading. The approach moves from dependence towards independence with the teacher using shared and guided teaching to develop the ability in children to write creatively and powerfully. This approach runs alongside the use of Literacy Shed Plus short films and Hamilton Trust to ensure that all of our children are all given the right support, which will result in confident, independent and inspiring writers. 

Handwriting is a skill which, like reading and spelling, affects written communication across the curriculum. Children must be able to write with ease, speed and legibility. Cursive handwriting teaches pupils to join letters and words as a series of flowing movements and patterns. Handwriting skills should be taught regularly and systematically. At Colton, starting in Key Stage 1 we use letter Join to provide a consistent approach across school. Children have opportunities to practise handwriting interactively and can watch and listen to demonstrations before having a try themselves. In Early Years, children are learning how to form their letters in a non-cursive style and are continuously developing their fine motor skills through creative activities. 

Pupils at Colton will make good progress from their own personal starting points. By the end of Year Six they will be able to write clearly and accurately and adapt their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences. Our pupils will acquire a wide vocabulary and have a strong command of the written word. Most importantly, they will develop a love of writing and be well equipped for the rest of their education. 

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Colton Primary School is part of Red Kite Learning Trust, a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company number 7523507, registered office address: Harrogate Grammar School, Arthurs Avenue, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG2 0DZ

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