At Oxclose Primary Academy, children are encouraged to become confident, fluent readers who show a good understanding of the texts they read. In Key Stage 1, phonics is taught using the “Letters and Sounds: Principles and Practice of High Quality Phonics” programme and teachers plan five daily phonic lessons, with an additional lesson taught each week on ‘tricky’ or ‘common exception’ words. Where children have not gained a sound understanding of phonics, the programme extends into Key Stage 2. All classes have a daily dedicated reading lesson where key skills such as decoding, comprehension and reading for information are taught using the Oxford Reading Tree scheme and as children become more skilled, higher order reading skills such as deduction, analysis, skimming and scanning are developed. Children also have opportunities to share class novels, visit the school library and read from a wide variety of texts, including electronic books, magazines and newspaper reports.
At Oxclose Primary Academy, children have a daily English lesson and are encouraged to write for a variety of purposes, in a range of genres such as narratives, poetry, reports, persuasive texts, explanations and instructions. Each genre is introduced using a good quality text as a model, before children further explore audience, purpose, format and language features in preparation for their own writing. Writing is also taught through the use of key texts and stories, which link to other areas of the curriculum, and all classes have additional writing opportunities in afternoon sessions, enabling children to make links in their learning. Basic skills lessons, including spelling, grammar and handwriting, are taught discretely.
At Oxclose Primary Academy, children are expected to be actively involved in their lessons. They are encouraged to listen and respond appropriately, to ask relevant questions and to articulate and justify answers, arguments or opinions. Our pupils participate in a range of role play situations, including discussions, debates, performances and presentations, where they are expected to speak audibly and fluently, maintaining the interest of listeners. These many opportunities to use spoken language help develop understanding in all subjects and support links made through cross curricular reading and writing.
Children from Year 6 were invited to take part in a Shakespeare workshop at Washington Town Centre Library