Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School

Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School

A Voluntary Academy

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Eden Way, Argie Avenue, Leeds, LS4 2TF

0113 3206290


"I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book."
J. K. Rowling

We aim for our pupils to exceed expectations of attainment and progress in English by enabling them to be confident and articulate in how they communicate in written and spoken word. Over 40 languages are spoken within our school community – making our community a vibrant place with the development of English a key focus.
The elements of literacy teaching are introduced in Reception and maintained daily from Year 1 to Year 6. These elements are:
  • A strong emphasis on reading for pleasure
  • Using phonics to teach children to read fluently through Little Wandle
  • Enabling children to apply their learning to become highly competent learners
  • A focus on spelling including spelling lists
  • An expectation that pupils master formal English through reciting poetry, debating and presenting work – thinking about the audience
  • Sharing class texts, with regular opportunities for reading aloud
  • Word and sentence level work and activities planned for individuals, pairs or groups as appropriate
  • A creative approach to literacy linked to other work in the curriculum, and topics of interest such as music, film and ICT.
  • Using trips and events to support the writing of texts
  • Ensuring writing shows progression by using success criteria for each unit of writing.
Our phonics scheme used in key stage 1
Little Wandle Letters and Sounds draws on the latest research into how children learn best, how learning stays in their long term memory, and how best to enable children to apply their learning to become highly competent readers.
Reading at Sacred Heart

"Evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who don’t, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures. In fact, reading for pleasure is more likely to determine whether a child does well at school than their social or economic background."

We use the RIC approach in our teaching and learning.  This teaches the fundamental skills of retrieval, interpreting and choice as well as other skills specific for each year group.  Children collate their work in reading journals which are used to make an assessment of their progress across the year. In addition, we have regular comprehension tests and termly assessments. Children are listened to read regularly by members of staff and some children use Lexia literacy software to support their reading. 

Developing a love of reading
We love reading. We have class libraries and a timetable for the use of the whole school library. We review our catalogue regularly and ask the children for ideas of books that they would like us to buy. 
We use reading scrap books in class, and have author bags with authors of the term. The children take these books home to share with their families.

We celebrate World Book Day in style, with all year groups embracing the love of reading and its power to inspire them to success in their lives.

Home reading
Listening to your child read for 20 minutes every night is so important. We have a school Home Reading Heroes challenge. The children get a raffle ticket for reading three times a week (five times in Year 6) and then there is a draw to see who wins a book to take home. See our Twitter feed for up to date information of the assembly and Home Reading Heroes winners.
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