The Kingfisher Federation aims to equip every child with a high-quality education in English, that will teach
pupils to be fluent readers and writers with all the skills and knowledge they need to be confidently literate
in life. As a federation, we strive to promote the highest standards of language and literacy by equipping
pupils with a strong command of the written word, grammar and develop their love of reading and a lifelong reading habit. As English is at the heart of all subjects, the knowledge and skills can be taught and
reinforced in all subject areas from Reception to Year 6.
How does this subject develop spirituality?
Writing: We respond to different text types by taking inspiration from the world around us and our own
interests as a basis for creative writing ideas. We learn to appreciate the beauty of language and use
creativity and imagination in our writing.
Oracy: Our children become communicators through discussion and creativity. This is supported by the
sharing of different texts from different cultures and discussing different matters with an open mind.
Reading: We engage with spiritual development by responding to well-chosen and inspiring novels from
different authors, times and countries. High-quality non-fiction and poetry allow the children to understand
the world around them and ask questions.
We value each other’s reactions, ideas and opinions and learn to empathise with characters' feelings and
actions - interpreting their thoughts and making connections to our own lives, values and the wider world
Phonics: Children develop creativity by exploring how words are constructed together using sounds. Phonic
knowledge is the key to unlocking awe and wonder through reading.
Assessment in English is in the form of Pixl Assessments carried out throughout the academic year for
children from year 1. The children from year 2 are tested in SPAG and reading. Detailed analysis of these
tests provides class teachers with next steps for learning. Children in reception and key stage 1 are assessed
every half term on their phonic knowledge and are grouped according to progress and attainment on the
Read Write Inc scheme.
Writing assessment is carried out each half term for year 1 to 6. Carefully chosen writing ITAFs make sure
the children are attaining well in writing and National ITAFs for year 2 and year 6 indicate if the children are
meeting expectations for writing by the end of the summer term.
Reception baseline assessments are carried out at the beginning of reception. Daily assessments are
recorded on Tapestry and show attainment in reading, writing and oracy
Teachers use targeted questioning and the VIPERS (Literacy Shed - Literacy Shed Plus - Literacy Shed Plus - Teaching Resources Made Easy) structure to make sure that a range of reading skills are taught and explored. Through weekly guided reading sessions in key stage 2 the following reading skills are developed the highest standard; vocabulary, inference, prediction, explanation, retrieval and summarise.
We believe that reading is the key that unlocks the whole curriculum. To this end, we make sure that all children are given quality phonics teaching daily from Reception onwards using the Read Write Inc scheme (RWI)Parent guide to Read Write Inc. Phonics | Oxford Owl . We believe that RWI Phonics is an inclusive literacy programme for all children learning to read. By delivering energetic, enthusiastic and full passion lessons children enjoy learning and will achieve well and become confident and fluent readers. We expect that children by the end of Year 2 would complete the RWI programme
We have a large range of decodable texts for children to practise with and consolidate their reading at home. Children read at home with parents with a range of books. As a federation we use Kingfisher Wings, a weekly reading at home scheme, which encourages parents to actively listen to their child.
As well as daily focused reading time, teachers read to their classes daily in order to model reading aloud and develop the reading for pleasure culture across the school.
This starts in reception with the Read Write Inc. Phonics programme. This weaves word reading with comprehension, and writing with grammar, vocabulary, spelling and handwriting. The Get Writing! Books our children access contain a wide range of writing activities which are closely linked to the Storybooks and Non-fiction Books. The writing book includes:
- Composition activities based on oral rehearsal and role play
- Step-by-step progression – from writing simple sentences to extended texts
- Grammar and spelling activities with meaningful contexts, matched to the 2014 National Curriculum Check’ boxes which prompt children to review their writing throughout.
On completion of the Read Write Inc Phonics programme, across the federation we use Talk For Writing What is Talk for Writing? – Talk for Writing (talk4writing.com) .
Kingfisher pupils are also given many opportunities to write for a variety of purposes across the curriculum, producing high quality writing in subjects such as science and history.
Kingfisher pupils can write fluently, neatly, legibly and with speed, in line with government expectations for handwriting.
Opportunities to enhance children’s grammar and punctuation will arise naturally from their reading and writing. We encourage Kingfisher pupils to embrace these opportunities. The skills of grammar and punctuation will be developed through their talk for writing units with an emphasis on the creation of toolkits. Discrete grammar and punctuation lessons will also ensure children have good grammatical awareness and skills for their age.
Spelling is taught through the Spelling Shed scheme once the children have finished the RWI scheme.
- Class assemblies embrace the chance for children to speak to a range of audiences.
- Worship and celebrations (e.g. harvest festival) allow the children to again become confident speakers and listeners.
- The School library is used by the whole school and is well resources with fiction and non-fiction
- Links are made with local libraries for local and National initiatives to promote reading
- Initiatives such as World Book Day are celebrated yearly with a variety of activities
- Kingfisher Wings is a whole-school approach to encourage children to read at home. Classes win certificates for the best class for reading at home weekly.
- Trips and visits are used to enhance the curriculum and provide stimulus’ for writing