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At All Saints School we use a reading scheme called ‘Big Cat’ that is provided by Collins.  Every child from Reception (where appropriate) to Year 6 will have a colour band levelled book (please see attached) matching their reading ability.  Children are placed onto a reading colour based on assessments that are carried out every 6 weeks. Children may move reading bands before the 6 weeks at the discretion of the class teacher.  In some cases children will become ‘Free Readers’ which means they have a reading level above that of primary school. These children then read books from the recommended 100 book challenge for KS2. For more information on the 100 book challenge please see the document attached.

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Reading is taught in two main ways at All Saints school.  During English lessons children will become familiar with a text / story that will be used for their writing.  During this time children will take part in a range of tasks that develop their understanding of this text. They will be asked questions linked with: Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explain, Retrieve and sequence/summarise (VIPERS).  After lunch each class from Year 1 - 6 teaches a reading skills session 4 times a week. This session is normally differentiated in 3 ways based on a child's reading ability.

How we promote a love of reading at All Saints

  • Reading Mufti Rewards - when children read 5x a week for 5 weeks they gain a mufti ticket
  • Visits to and from the Local Library (Wellingborough Library)
  • Class Book Corners that reflect the current topic and recommended authors
  • Daily story time sessions
  • Weekly Class award for the class who has had the most readers of the week
  • Weekly timetabled school library sessions
  • Set reading challenges such as the 100 book challenge
  • Lunch Time club run by the ‘Book Squad’ for children who do not get the chance to read as frequently at home
  • Children have a ‘Reading for Pleasure book’ each week



 Outline for EYFS Writing

  • One piece of writing evidence per child a week in the child's writing book.  This can be adult led or independent from the EYFS provision
  • Writing to be accompanied by a highlighted standard sheet in line with the expectations below.
  • Photo of the writing work is included on Tapestry / in books if completed in the provision

Big Write Expectations per half term (adult led activity with highlighted sheet)

By Christmas

By February Half Term 

By Easter 

By May 

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Writing at All Saints is based around a ‘Big Write’ schedule.  Children spend a range of time preparing for a big write. During the weeks prior to a big write the children learn all of the skills needed to be successful.  Big Writes are frequently based around a key text or video that stimulates the children’s imagination. During writing lessons children will learn spellings, grammar, handwriting and sentence structure in line with the schools progression framework.

Outline for KS1 Big Writes

  • Writing will be based around a 2 week cycle.  Big writes will be marked by the class teacher and children will then have little challenges to improve their work e.g. I have corrected one capital letter.  Can you find and correct the other two? Children could be in groups to have the comments explained to them.
  • Weeks 1 and 2 - Main teaching focused around a key text/Image/Video that will enable the children to produce a big write at the end of the second week.
  • The theme of writing should match a writing type from the writing genres long term overview E.g. short narrative autumn term Year 2.

Outline for KS2 Big Writes

  • Weeks 1 and 2 - Main teaching focused around a key text/Image/Video that will enable the children to produce a big write at the end of the second week.
  • Week 3 - a focus on editing and improving the big write over the course of the week.  For children with shorter big writes the English lessons will be editing previous work and then teaching grammar more explicitly. Children can peer-mark over this time and have spellings corrected by peers or use a dictionary. Children will edit over the original big writes to show progress in a different colour (Y4,5,6)
  • Lessons are around 45 minutes each day
  • The theme of writing matches a writing type from the Writing Genre Plan


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Handwriting at All Saints is taught using the Kinetic Letters handwriting scheme.  This approach starts in nursery and runs all the way to year 6. The school has invested heavily in the scheme with all classrooms having specially trained staff.  The school also has a wide range of resources linked with Kinetic Letters such as, story books, whiteboards and pupil target books.


Kinetic Letters


How do we ensure high quality Phonics?

All Saints uses the Sounds Write phonics scheme that is a recommended DFE Phonic scheme.  At All Saints, high quality phonics is valued by all members of the leadership team who have been on Sounds Write training. The leadership team consists of the EYFS Lead as well as the English Subject Leader.  

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Every member of staff that delivers phonics has been on a 4 day training programme that is delivered with Sounds Write to ensure that they are fully aware of how to deliver the programme. If a new member of staff joins in the early reading phase they are given Sounds Write training.  Many other members of the school staff have also been on the Sounds Write programme to ensure an understanding of how children begin to read at All Saints.

Phonics is taught every day in Nursery, Reception and Year 1.  These lessons follow a clear teaching sequence so that all members of staff are aware of the expectations for children in their stage of learning. Sessions are 20 minutes in length and phonics activities are placed in the classroom at the appropriate unit level.

Monitoring of phonics teaching is carried out in line with the schools Monitoring and Evaluation schedule.  This monitoring is carried out by the English Subject Leader and the EYFS Lead. 

All Saints invests heavily in staff training for Phonics to ensure consistency across the school.  The school has also invested in matching Sounds Write books to ensure that all children have a phonics book that matches their level of learning.