Our outstanding team (Mrs Thomas & Mrs Johnson, supported by Mrs Tharme leading phonics), which focuses on Literacy across the school, ensures that standards are high and that all pupils strive to achieve their very best. The focus is always to ensure that children are supported with the skills they need to continue their progress.
At Ryhall CE Academy we use Letters & Sounds (click on the phonics link under 'our learning' to find out all the information you need to know about each phonics phase). A designated slot in the timetable is reserved daily for this reading and phonics’ programme. This time is ‘set in stone’ and is a non-negotiable within the Ryhall CE Academy curriculum. Children are assessed every half term and placed into groups according to their reading ability.
Children are taught to:
Read and write letters and sounds quickly
Decode new or tricky words effortlessly using their phonic skills
Read with fluency and expression
Understand what they have read
Work effectively with a partner ensuring they are given lots of opportunities to formulate and discuss their ideas
Spell and handwrite easily
Reading and Writing
Reading is vital in developing children’s reading and writing skills. All children across KS1 & KS2 participate in daily Guided Reading lessons which focus on enhancing and developing children’s reading and comprehension skills. As a school we have a subscription to 'Serial Mash' (part of Purple Mash) which allows access to a wide range of online publications. Guided Reading takes place in small groups, reading with children of a similar ability; suspense and excitement ensues as the children wait for the next chapter to be released online.
Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (SPAG) has continued to develop as a key focus in the teaching of English. Each year group, irrespective of mixed age teaching, delivers a wide range of specific SPAG skills. These are vital tools which support children to deliver accurate and grammatically sound pieces of writing.
We develop aspiring writers by teaching it daily. The children learn to write for a variety of purposes by writing in different styles such as: recounts; non-chronological reports; narrative; play-scripts etc… The aim is to make lessons very inter-active with a real focus on partner talk. Teachers modelling and sharing writing are also key features of lessons. In addition, we ensure that children also have opportunities to write across the curriculum with our focus on cross-curricular themes and activities.