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Policy statement

At Rivington Primary School, we believe that spoken language, reading and writing are key life skills. Through the English curriculum, we will help children develop the skills and knowledge that will enable them to communicate effectively and creatively through spoken and written language and equip them with the skills to become lifelong learners in order to raise their aspirations for their future.

Reading is at the heart of all children’s learning; it unlocks learning in other subjects and broadens and enriches the vocabulary needed to ensure further learning. We want our children to enjoy and appreciate the rich variety of literature, the skills of the author and the pleasure gained from reading widely. We want to increase the depth and breadth of their experiences through the written word.

At Rivington Primary School we appreciate that English enables children both to communicate with others effectively for a variety of purposes and to examine their own and others’ experiences, feelings and ideas, giving these order and meaning. We recognise that English helps children to make sense of the world around them and to gain knowledge, understanding and to develop imagination and creativity.  

Our intention is that pupils at Rivington Primary School will leave Year 6:

  • reading and writing with confidence, fluency and understanding, using a range of independent strategies to self-monitor and correct;

  • with a love of reading and a desire to read for enjoyment;

  • with an ability to use their skills to find and record information;

  • with an interest in words and their meanings; developing a growing vocabulary in spoken and written forms;

  • to be able to communicate in Standard English;

  • understanding a range of text types, media types and genres;

  • able to write confidently in a variety of styles and forms appropriate to the situation in carefully crafted sentences;

  • using their developing imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness;

  • having a suitable technical vocabulary to articulate their responses 

  • and explain their reasoning.

  • with the ability to access fully the next stage of their education.

At Rivington we use the Read to Write scheme from Year 1 through to Year 6 as it aims to provide high-quality teaching of writing through high-quality literature. The detailed units of work focus on engaging, vocabulary-rich texts, with a wealth of writing opportunities within and across the curriculum. Read to Write is evidence-based teaching of writing and all staff have received training on the delivery of it. In Nursery and Reception they deliver the Early Years 2 Primary scheme and staff have been trained in the delivery of this curriculum.

At Rivington we use pre-phonics activities followed by the Read Write Inc Phonics programme. RWInc is a proven synthetic phonics programme that ensures early success in reading, writing and spelling. Children in Reception and Key Stage 1 are taught by our RWInc trained staff each morning following the programme. As soon as children start school in September they are assessed and continue to be regularly assessed as they progress through the programme. 

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