Curriculum and Reading
At Wrington CofE Primary School we aim to provide children with a stimulating, engaging and forward-thinking curriculum, which challenges, excites and motivates children.
We are proud of our school and our curriculum seeks to recognise, appreciate and learn from the historic rural countryside in which we are situated. Our strong links with All Saints Church, United Reformed Chapel, and the wider community as well as our school’s strong Christian values underpin the design of our curriculum.
As well as ensuring that all aspects of the 2014 National Curriculum are met, we are committed to ensuring that children have an education of the highest possible quality; one that looks locally and celebrates our community links, but also one that is open, broad and provides opportunities to ‘think big!’ and reflect on issues that affect the wider world and supports children in their sense of agency and their ability to take an active role in shaping the future.
Our knowledge-rich broad curriculum, is shared with the children through a pedagogy which is committed to developing children’s growth-mindset, resilience and confidence to challenge themselves. In our school, children are safe to make mistakes and will be supported through careful differentiation and scaffolding.
Within our curriculum, we provide children with a diverse range of opportunities such as chess, philosophy and Latin, whole -class instrument lessons, Farmlink workshops and themed weeks and days, which have been specifically selected to ensure that we provide an irresistible education, which develops the ‘whole-child’ an deepens their cultural capital.
Please see individual class topic webs on the 'Class Planning' page.
Please click on the relevant subject to find out more...
(The staff member responsible for the leadership of each subject/area is named in brackets)
Literacy - Reading (Literacy Team)
Literacy - Writing (Literacy Team)
Literacy - Spelling (Literacy Team)
Literacy - Handwriting (Literacy Team)
Library (Sarah Weber/Julie Pinner)
Maths (Becky Matthews)
Science (Sarah Whitehouse)
ICT (Nathanial Doul)
History (Julie Pinner)
Geography (Maria Petherick-Moss)
PE (Becky Matthews)
Art (Laura Bebber)
DT (Laura Bebber)
Music (Sarah Whitehouse)
RE (Chloe John)
Collective Worship (Sarah Joskey)
PSHE (Sarah Hodder)
Languages (ancient and modern) (Annabel Scott)
Early Years Foundation Stage (Sarah Hodder)
Gifted and Talented (Sarah Joskey)
SENCO (Tracey Jones)
Safeguarding (Sarah Joskey/ Sarah Whitehouse/ Tracey Jones)
Reading at Wrington CofE Primary School
At Wrington Church of England Primary School, we aim to develop a love of reading. We teach children to recognise reading as a vital skill across the curriculum and in everyday life, and through carefully planned, engaging and diverse reading activities, we help children to develop their ability to read accurately, fluently and reflectively for a wide range of purposes. Above all, we want children to experience a true enjoyment of reading, enabling them to discover the pleasure, comfort, humour, knowledge and depth of understanding that a good book can bring.
- To help children to enjoy reading and to recognise its value
- To immerse our children in a language rich environment enabling them to experience high quality texts, from different cultures and in different forms
- To develop our children’s comprehension of a range of texts including fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama
- To develop children’s abilities to be reflective readers – considering the features of the text, such as the language, punctuation and grammatical choices made by the author
- To develop confident, adaptable and independent readers through an appropriate focus on reading for different purposes;
- To encourage children to become enthusiastic readers who talk about, share and celebrate their reading both in school, at home and in the wider community.
Teaching and learning Principles
Reading is at the heart of our curriculum and is taught as a discrete skill in phonics and literacy lessons, but also across the day in all areas of the curriculum. Children have the opportunity to experience a wide range of high quality texts and are encouraged to engage, question, respond and reflect on different aspects of the texts. Children have opportunities to read individually, in pairs, in groups or as a whole class.
We teach phonics using the Letters and Sounds programme, supported by the use of Jolly Phonics kinaesthetic actions and stories. We use additional on-line resources, such as Phonics Play, Education City and Nessy. As children move through the early stages of acquiring phonics, they practice by reading texts which are entirely decodable for them from the Phonics Bug scheme.
Once children have a secure knowledge of letter/sound correspondences and can blend words confidently, they access our Book Banded reading scheme which has books from various published schemes, (ORT, Rigby Star, Collins) and is designed to give children experience of a variety of reading genres. There are fiction and non-fiction books within each level.
Reading scheme books are used to support children’s reading development and are NOT viewed as a ladder to be climbed or a race to be won! Although we have a core reading scheme, we aim to provide breadth and depth through a variety of additional materials.
Once children can read fluently and with a good understanding, they are called ‘Book Explorers’ and they are then able self-select books for independent reading from the class libraries, school library or from home. We have a dedicated area in the library which contains ‘Red Sticker’ books, which are chapter books that have been carefully selected to support these new ‘Book Explorers’ in their reading journey.
(For further information about 'Reading', please see the link to 'Reading' above)