Sacred Heart Primary is very proud of achieving the award of Read Write Inc Model School status, the first school in Bedfordshire to receive this award.
Staff and pupils have worked very hard since introducing the Read Write Inc Phonic Programme in January 2013 and we are delighted to see the improvement in the children’s reading skills. Our Year 1 Phonic results have improved from 56% to 90%!
Read Write Inc is the synthetic phonic programme devised by Ruth Miskin, a leading educationalist in this field. It is an inclusive literacy programme for all children learning to read and write from Foundation to Year 4. It is also suitable for older children with learning difficulties. It takes children from the first stages of reading to the point where they can read confidently and fluently.
Sacred Heart Primary has welcomed a number of other schools to observe phonic sessions . Model School Visits are led by our team of highly enthusiastic, expert teachers and Reading Leader, who all teach the programme on a daily basis and are well-placed to deal with any questions and queries you may have. Our children are also eager to share their experiences and love of literacy with you!
Once pupils have completed the Read Write Inc programme they start Accelerated Reader. This programme motivates pupils to read suitably challenging books. Encouraging them to read more and develop a lifelong love of reading. Along with our guided reading groups and the Literacy and Language scheme we use in class, Accelerated Reader enables teachers to monitor the development of pupils’ reading skills.
Pupils from Year 3 to Year 6 read silently for fifteen minutes every day at the end of lunch break. Our younger pupils enjoy a story time session every day. Parents are invited to lead these and many of our parents have enjoyed sharing their favourite children’s story with their child’s class.
Literacy and Language
Literacy and Language is a creative reading and writing programme, our pupils from Year 2 to Year 6 follow this programme when they have completed the RWI phonics programme. The children read, write and discuss a range of texts enabling them to develop a deep understanding of what they read. Information on the texts the children read is available in the termly curriculum letters, copies of these letters are available in the year group areas of our website. The curriculum letters also have suggestions for wider reading, books linked to the texts children read in class that you can enjoy at home with your child.