At Kingsnorth we follow a fast-paced, rigorous and structured
phonics programme called Read Write Inc, developed by
Ruth Miskin, which helps get every child reading fast and
gives teachers the confidence and skills to deliver high-quality teaching every day. It uses age-appropriate materials with proven results for older struggling readers to help them catch-up fast with clear and supportive teaching materials. Every child is encouraged to read the text for meaning, with three readings of each story to ensure that the story is understood and read with fluency and expression.
Lessons for older children are adapted from Ruth Miskin’s ‘Literacy and Language’ programme which gives pupils the opportunities to read rich anthologies of complete texts by leading children’s authors through a ‘three layers of text’ approach, and explore the text in depth with a wealth of engaging activities linked to the texts. This ensures that all children develop deep comprehension.
During lessons, a range of approaches are used to instil a love of reading and encourage wider reading, such as electronic picture books, the story store, wider reading lists. Children read complete fiction and non-fiction texts from a range of classic and contemporary leading children’s authors and poets.
Vocabulary is taught in the context of the stories in both of these programmes. The teacher uses the words and phrases, and children are encouraged to use them in talk and in their writing.
Children read powerful words to develop a knowledge of exciting vocabulary. These ‘power words’ are shown in bold in the anthologies and displayed in the classroom, and there are ‘word power’ and ‘special phrases’ activities in every unit.