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North Walsham Junior,Infant School and Nursery Federation


English Curriculum Overview

Skills Progressions in reading, writing, speaking and listening

Read Write Inc

Teaching our children to read and write accurately, fluently and confidently is the most important thing we will do.


Ofsted’s greatest focus, as well as ours here at school, is upon the teaching of reading. Read Write Inc. is the phonics and literacy programme that we use across the federation to maximise reading results.


Read Write Inc. programmes combine into a complete literacy programme which we run from the moment new pupils arrive in our Nursery, until they leave us at the end of Year 6 at the age eleven. These programmes are designed to stimulate and challenge children’s thinking and create enthusiastic, life-long readers and writers in them all.


Supporting success

Here at North Walsham Junior, Infant School and Nursery, we recognise that children who read a lot are successful at school. Reading enriches their vocabulary, their grammar, their writing and their spelling.


The more quickly they learn to read, the more they want to read and the more they understand; the less they struggle with spelling, the more capacity they have for writing what they want to say.

Importantly, if they read and write fluently, they can draw ideas together – a key skill for effective learning at any age. Teaching children to read – and keeping them reading – are the two things that will make the biggest difference to their future.


Five key principles

The five key principles of the Read Write Inc. programme are:

Participation, Praise, Pace, Purpose and Passion


To these five key principles we have added our own sixth “P”, so we never lose sight of the advancements our pupils are making: Progression.


We are proud to be a Read Write Inc. “Model School” which means that Oxford University Press, the owner of the programme, recommends us to other schools so that they can come and visit us to see Read Write Inc. teaching practice at its best.


About Read Write Inc.

Read Write Inc. is an Oxford University Press teaching programme, created by Ruth Miskin, one of the UK’s leading authorities on teaching children to read. Over the last ten years, all of Ruth’s time has been devoted to developing the Read Write Inc. programme, underpinned by her unwavering belief that every child can, and must, learn to read.

Developing Literacy & Reading

The National Curriculum sets out very detailed and specific information for schools to use when planning lessons for children. We teach a lot of Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation skills in lessons as well as reading skills.


The skills progression sheets above show what your child will be learning about in their literacy and English lessons in school.


Children should be reading a minimum of 5 times per week with a parent/family member at home. Parents should also be reading aloud favourite stories to children.  Our older children in Years 5&6 are challenged to complete a 10-page daily challenge too!


Accelerated Reader

Our pupils also use an online reading programme to help us and parents check their reading development. This is called Accelerated Reader and is free to access at home for parents. Accelerated Reader is used for pupils in Year 2 to Year 6. Parents will be able to check the books their child has read and how well they scored on a quiz to check their understanding.

At its heart, Accelerated Reader is simple. A pupil reads a book, takes an online quiz, and gets immediate feedback to how well they have understood the book. Pupils should then respond to this regular, individualised feedback about their performance and will be motivated to make progress with their reading skills, focusing on the areas identified for them personally. We encourage children to select a range of genres and to read both fiction and non-fiction books.


Monitoring pupils' reading

Pupils develop reading skills most effectively when they read appropriately challenging books – difficult enough to keep them engaged but not so difficult that they become frustrated. The importance of daily personalised reading practice cannot be overstated. Recent studies indicate that when pupils spend 25 minutes a day reading suitably challenging books which they successfully comprehend (demonstrated by achieving 90% or more on the Accelerated Reader reading practice quiz), then they will achieve optimal reading age growth. This is the power of personalised practice.


How to access Accelerated Reader

Parents will also be given an individual password to log in with so they can also monitor their child’s progress from home. Please contact your child’s teacher to find out more about this.

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