Our English Vision
At The Revel, we strive to foster competent communicators and wonderful listeners in an ever-changing world. Our children are encouraged to articulate their opinions and to formulate their responses in a whole host of ways…from written to spoken to dramatic! We foster an interest in words, their spellings, sounds and meanings from the very first encounter with them, and our children develop a rich and ever-growing vocabulary. We enjoy, engage with and understand a range of text types and genres – narrative, poetry, explanation, news report and many more.
Most of all… our children at The Revel develop the powers of fruitful imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness in all areas of English, they are learners for life!
Reading Strands and Progression
100 Books Reading Challenge!
Support for Parents
Our Phonics and English leads work closely together on a programme of Reading Enrichment, some of our enrichment activities are detailed referenced below. These include dedicated author visit days, whole school initiatives eg family social on ‘Non-fiction November;’ and our ‘Take one book’ initiative and school holiday reading challenges.
We believe that our skill as writers stems from our skill as readers. The two are linked and t
Our Writing Progression and Coverage
Phonics and Spelling
We take a robust approach to teaching children to spell here at Revel through the use of Read Write Inc resources. In EYFS and Key Stage 1, children are routinely taught in small ability based groups, to recognise sounds, to segment and blend sounds for reading and later, for spelling. The use of personalised spelling journals in Key Stage 2 enables children to continue to focus on explicit rule teaching and on complex speed sounds to support their spelling and to go on to understand the spellings which ‘break the rules’. Teachers lay emphasis on the recognition of ‘dots and dashes’ to segment spellings right up to Year 6 and journals record their growing knowledge of this. Periodic teaching of the National curriculum ‘Common exception words’ takes place in every year group, children are tested on their knowledge of these words regularly but also at specific points twice yearly and their progress assessed with individual lists sent home for learning.