Holy Trinity Primary School

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Reading Intent

At Holy Trinity, we promote the value of literacy. We aim to provide a high-quality English curriculum that is underpinned with key reading and writing skills that are explicitly taught.  This includes the importance of speaking and listening and writing in Standard English. The teaching of English allows all pupils to access other areas of the curriculum and these skills are embedded in cross-curricular learning.

We believe that the end goal - equipping our pupils with a life-long love of books - is based on exposure to a range of quality fiction and non-fiction texts. Pupils are taught explicit reading skills, and these are consistent throughout school and across all reading completed. We believe that in unlocking vocabulary for our pupils, and giving them the opportunity to discuss, learn and apply new vocabulary, they will be able to access a wider range of texts independently. We use phonics as a basis for our decoding of words and aim that pupils can decode and read fluently passed their phonics teaching. The values of reading are promoted further through our well-resourced school library where pupils have the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of books, genres and authors.

 

 

Creating a Successful Reader

Writing Intent

At Holy Trinity, we promote the value of literacy. We aim to provide a high-quality English curriculum that is underpinned with key reading and writing skills that are explicitly taught.  This includes the importance of speaking and listening and writing in Standard English. The teaching of English allows all pupils to access other areas of the curriculum and these skills are embedded in cross-curricular learning.

We believe that the foundations to good writing are transcription and composition. We teach writing through our text-led curriculum, where we are able to explore, deconstruct and model grammar skills in writing. The writing process is explicitly taught so pupils are aware of the importance of every stage. We provide pupils with the opportunity to have purposeful and authentic writing tasks that allow them to apply the transcription and composition skills. The teaching of English ensures that all are able to access the curriculum and are challenged through expectations and specific targets. We believe that fluent and consistent handwriting is important in being understood by others, as well as reducing cognitive load for pupils whilst writing. Pupils are explicitly taught spelling rules and supported to apply these in their writing. 

 

Creating a Successful Reader