At The Wilfred Owen we believe that every child should be given the opportunity to develop a good standard of literacy which will give them the opportunity to move on to the next stage of their education with the necessary basic skills they require.
We strongly believe that the areas of literacy, reading, writing and speaking and listening should be delivered in a cross curricular way. This allows children to use the basic skills in a variety of contexts for different purposes and ensures they are embedded.
We have a structured approach to teaching Letters and Sounds from Nursery through to Key Stage 2. A great deal of investment has been made in staff training, additional resources and purchasing new reading schemes to allow us to support and develop this key area. The impact of this was an increase in the number of children passing the year 1 phonics screen from 55% in 2013 to 90% in 2016.
Our reading scheme in key stage 1 is linked to our phonic approach and supports children in using the skills they have developed to ensure reading progression. We are monitoring the impact of this currently. Investment in the coming financial year into reading resources at Key stage 2 and intervention support for those children falling behind the age appropriate standard.