It is our intention, to secure the necessary reading, writing and linguistic skills to become enthusiastic and independent learners. We strive to ensure all our children receive a sequential learning experience, which will equip them with the essential tools to achieve at Widney Junior School and beyond. It is our intention to immerse children in the wonders of quality texts, to ensure all children can read and foster a love for reading, a passion for discovery and the confidence to explore the world.
English underpins the work undertaken in all other areas of the curriculum and is essential for educational and social progress. Through reading a wide range of quality texts and having meaningful discussions, we aim to create valuable, contributing members of society. Our vision is to ensure that every child achieves their full potential in all aspects of English to become confident readers, writers and communicators.
Widney recognises the importance of phonics in enabling children to become confident readers. All children are assessed on their phonics knowledge when they start at Widney. The school use the phonics programme Read, Write, Inc to support those children who have gaps in their phonics knowledge and these children receive daily intervention.
English Knowledge Organisers
English Progression Documents
We allocate time in our timetable for teachers to read to their class each week. The texts have been carefully selected so they include a range of fiction and non-fiction, stories from different cultures and characters that have different experiences and perspectives to the pupils in the class. The list is reviewed and updated annually.
Here is an overview of the class reads
Special events to promote the love of reading
Author Visits: Joseph Coelho
Virtual Author Visits: Michael Morpurgo
Reading at Widney
Our Vending Machine
Our Reading Bus
Parents' Reading Workshop Powerpoint
Reading Diary Example