Systematic phonics is taught through the RWI scheme in Foundation and Key Stage 1. Phonics is assessed on a regular basis and any children not making progress are targeted for 1 to 1 support.
Approaches and techniques are selected by teachers depending on the stage needs of the learners and demands of the task.
Principles of assessment for learning are used to ensure children progress and learning is personalised. To support assessment, planning and pitch, APP guidelines are used in reading and writing. Child friendly descriptors are used for peer and self assessment and for target setting.
This is on-going and should inform short-term planning. It is made from observation, evidence from reading work in books and interaction with the children as readers. Each teacher records children’s reading attainment using an APP record sheet.
A range of reading evidence is assessed using APP guidelines for reading. In years 5 and 6 QCA tests are used to give practice in writing timed pieces
All learners should engage in a balance of guided, supported and independent learning. Teachers judge how frequent guided sessions should be according to the needs of children and the level of mastery of strategies being taught. Some learners have additional guided sessions in order to accelerate progress.