Literacy Milefield Primary School

Teaching and whole school strategies

At the heart of our recovery curriculum for Literacy is a whole school focus on developing reading for pleasure and re-engaging our children with a love of books in order to develop positive attitudes and a lifelong love of reading. We have adapted our timetable to include extended daily dedicated story time slots to facilitate this. In KS1, teachers have an allocated session time to improve reading fluency. Significant children's author's books have been purchased and placed in classes and the library for children to enjoy.

We will continue to use a Gather/Skills/Apply approach to the teaching of Writing with a focus on high quality hooks into learning in order to support re-engagement. We will expose children to a wide range of high-quality fiction and non-fiction texts, both for reading and writing opportunities. Grammar, punctuation and spelling skills will be taught in context and as part of the teaching sequence with many scaffolded opportunities to practise these skills prior to children applying them independently in writing.

We have adapted our timetable to extend the time allocated to daily whole class reading sessions and continue to focus on high quality wave one teaching of reading skills using the LIRA approach based around literal, inferential, authorial intent and reader response questions.

We aim to maximise opportunities for learning to be embedded by making links to Literacy within our wider curriculum whenever possible and appropriate. A key focus for this will be structuring cohesive sentences accurately, using relevant and ambitious vocabulary and accurate punctuation relevant to each year group.

Supporting high quality teaching

We will continue to use accelerated learning as our teaching and learning approach for the delivery of our curriculum. Supported by EEF metacognition research, this has ensured the pace of learning is appropriate and has enabled pupils to secure rapid and sustained progress which has improved outcomes and standards within each lesson. Adopting the accelerated learning approach provides opportunities to build on prior learning and develop skills and knowledge through a consistent cycle of connection, activation, activity, demonstration and consolidation. High levels of engagement are achieved through purposeful and stimulating activities which absorb pupils in learning and also through providing opportunities for pupils to work collaboratively

All staff will have access to full day INSET and staff development meetings throughout the autumn term with a focus on the curriculum for Literacy.

Targeted Support

The careful timetabling of the school day will allow for teacher-led whole class and small group targeted support outside of the daily literacy lessons. Teachers will use HCAT trackers to identify gaps and allow for learning to be built on a secure knowledge base. Children who need additional support have been carefully identified and will receive bespoke support in order to accelerate their progress. Pupils will be listened to read within class regularly and records of this kept within school.

Please ensure home book bags are used daily and reading records completed each time your listen to your child read. These should be coming into school daily. You may also upload their reading onto Seesaw as and when you complete it.

Small group targeted support

There is extensive evidence supporting the impact of high-quality small group support as a catch-up strategy. Two HLTAs are attending catch up training to deliver this across school.

Extra boosters will be targeted at individual children in reading support. TAs will run these in each class group to provide extra support for those who may have fallen behind during lockdown. Look out for these letters being sent home in Autumn.

Supporting Parents & Carers

We aim to maximise the use of social media in order to promote home reading and the importance of Reading for pleasure. Homework tasks will be based around reading and using Spelling Shed. Parents meetings will be held in Autumn 2021, and support discussed where possible.