Reading

It is our intent at Wickhambrook Primary Academy to provide pupils with a high-quality education in reading that will inspire a love and passion for books. We aim to inspire an appreciation of our rich and varied literary heritage and a habit of reading widely and often.

We intend to encourage all pupils to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction. To develop their knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live. To establish an appreciation and love of reading and to gain knowledge across the curriculum by developing their comprehension skills.

Reading is a skill essential for life and at Wickhambrook Academy we want our children to leave school with a love of reading. Reading is a habit and that habit needs to be grounded in what we do at school. Children need to see reading at the heart of learning across all subjects.

It is our intention to ensure that, by the end of their primary education, all pupils are able to read fluently, and with confidence, in any subject in their forthcoming secondary education and the world that lies ahead of them.

Our reading curriculum is derived from the national curriculum, and informed by research.

It is planned with an impressive rich literature spine comprising of ambitious texts that inspire and challenge pupils, with the aim to raise aspiration for all pupils.

It is systematically mapped to enable children to experience breadth and depth of social, moral and ethical dimension as well as a wide range of authors and protagonists.

Learning is deliberately structured to ensure the teaching sequence is coherent, interleaved and built around spaced retrieval. Core learning is revisited over time to ensure depth of knowledge and retention of information.

The curriculum explicitly teaches fluency, vocabulary and key comprehension strategies, there are clear outcomes from each reading lesson and the use of supporting texts, in addition to the core literature spine, broadens pupils reading experiences in a relevant context.

Our curriculum empowers teachers to teach and ensures excellence in every class, every day.

Writing

At Wickhambrook Primary Academy Writing is a crucial part of our curriculum. All children from Foundation Stage to Year 6 are provided with many opportunities to develop and apply their writing skills across the curriculum.

We intend for pupils to be able to plan, revise and evaluate their writing. To be able to do this effectively, pupils will focus on developing effective transcription and effective composition. They will also develop an awareness of the audience, purpose and context, and an increasingly wide knowledge of vocabulary and grammar. We also intend for pupils to leave school being able to use fluent, legible and speedy handwriting.

Children are explicitly taught the etymology and morphology of words to help them unwrap meaning. This makes sense of vocabulary in context, it helps pupils acquire a deeper understanding and unblocks thousands of other words.

With regards to Spelling, teachers will show pupils how to understand the relationships between words, how to understand nuances in meaning, and how to develop their understanding of, and ability to use, figurative language.

They will also teach pupils how to work out and clarify the meanings of unknown words and words with more than one meaning.

Pupils will be taught to control their speaking and writing consciously and to use Standard English.

Our writing curriculum is derived from the national curriculum, and informed by research.

It is planned with a focus on developing procedural and conceptual fluency about the mechanics and processes of writing as a craft, rather than having an emphasis on the memorisation of text conventions. With this in mind, the number of text types studied by each year group is carefully thought out.