Reading - Intent Implementation Impact
Reading is at the heart of our curriculum and is a priority across school. We are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers and we believe that all pupils should have the opportunity to be fluent, confident and proficient readers who are able to successfully comprehend and understand a wide range of texts.
Our whole school reading programme is Read Write Inc (RWI) which supports our learners in a progressive manner to learn reading skills. Early readers are given the opportunities to explore sounds in their environment to develop their pre-reading skills before progressing onto the RWI programme. We encourage our pupils to become enthusiastic readers of a wide range of media, including the use of signs, symbols and photographs through the delivery of our curriculums.
We believe that children need to develop a secure knowledge-base in reading, which follows a clear pathway of progression as they advance through the pathways. We believe that a secure basis in reading skills is crucial to a high-quality education and will give our children the tools they need to participate fully as a member of society.
Reading for Pleasure
Reading for pleasure is encouraged through event days like the annual World Book Day, which involves all teaching and learning groups (TLGs) taking part in various reading activities. We run a Reading Ambassadors programme where pupils from the Formal and Semi-Formal TLGs go into other classes in school to read stories to their peers.
Classrooms have a designated area for reading to encourage our learners to explore a variety of texts. Where this is not appropriate, classes have book boxes that pupils have access to.
Pupils develop a love of reading, a good knowledge of a range of authors and are able to understand more about the world in which they live through the knowledge they gain from texts.
In the Formal TLG, pupils are read to, or reading is modelled, on a daily basis. In the Informal and Semi Formal TLG's stories are read daily through Communication and Story sessions; these may be in the form of sensory stories or read from books.
Writing - Intent Implementation Impact
The Read Write Inc program is followed throughout the school to develop spelling and writing skills alongside reading skills. Within Formal, pupils are also developing their writing through the use of ‘The Write Stuff’ approach (Jane Considine). This approach helps pupils develop their ideas, sentence structure and skills in editing and improving work. Within the Semi-Formal and Informal TLGs pupils have daily opportunities to practice writing skills, including pre writing skills and mark making.
We recognise the importance of nurturing a culture where children take pride in their writing, can write clearly and accurately and adapt their language and style for a range of contexts. Where appropriate, we use ICT to remove barriers to writing, such as clicker 8 and dictation tools.
Communication, Speaking and Listening
Communication, Speaking and Listening - Intent Implementation Impact
At Broomfield school, we follow a Total Communication Approach. Total Communication is a holistic approach which actively promotes all methods of communication to help students communicate and connect with others in the most accessible ways to them. We aim to empower all our students to communicate and express themselves to the best of their ability and as effectively as possible, using the most accessible methods to them, including non-verbal and language based communication and symbol systems.
We encourage children to communicate their wants, needs, thoughts and opinions using a variety of personalised approaches to improve their life skills, social skills and independence. Approaches include Intensive Interaction, SCERTS, Attention Autism and the use of AAC (Alternative and Augmentative Communication).
We inspire children to be articulate communicators, equipped with the right skills ready for the outside world.
We nurture confident children who engage in deep conversations and debates about topics and important issues. Children question each other in a challenging, yet respectful way, to further understanding and explore meaning.
The English Team
Sam Bell-English Lead, Jane Considine, Home Reading
Amy Beck-RWI and Interventions
Victoria Stead - Strategies/Approaches for Informal Learners, Event Days and Home Reading
Ryan Heszelgraves - Rodillian Partnership