At Anchorsholme Academy, we teach the majority of the English curriculum through Success for All (SfA). Success for All is an approach to teaching English that is one of only 19 programmes across the world which is ‘proven to work’ (HMI January 2011).
At the heart of SfA are the Co-operative Learning standards. Pupils work in their teams and are rewarded for their efforts in each of these standards :-
Success For All (SFA) is a programme for teaching reading, writing, speaking and listening from Foundation Classes to Year 6. It initially lays strong foundations in both oracy and literacy starting with Foundation Stage pupils and moving on to provide systematic teaching throughout the primary years (1-6). The programme is based on research and is proven to raise standards in reading and writing. SFA provides a wide range of opportunities for children to explore and develop phonic knowledge and comprehension strategies, develop vocabulary and spelling, improve grammatical awareness, analyse whole texts and develop writing in a wide range of genres.
- Pupils are assessed on their reading comprehension.
- Pupils are grouped according to their reading ability.
- Pupils are taught in ability groups.
- Pupils are assessed approximately every eight weeks and re-grouped if necessary.
- In Foundation Stage, the Kinder programme runs throughout the day.
- Pupils in Years 1 – 2 have a 90 minute SFA literacy lesson. They work in Roots or Wings groups. Roots groups focus on letter sounds, spelling, reading and writing. Wings groups focus on reading comprehension, application of skills and extended writing.
- Pupils in Years 3 – 5 have a 90 minute SFA lesson five days a week focusing on reading comprehension, application of skills and extended writing. They generally work in Wings groups though, where children may need additional support, they may continue to be supported through Roots activities.
- Pupils in Year 6 have a 90 minute SFA lesson five days a week. They will start with Wings activities and will move on to Revision modules as the year progresses. Some may also move on to Quest modules.
At Anchorsholme, we believe that it is not just about giving children the skills to be able to read and decode, it is also about instilling a love of a variety of different kinds of literature and books. Our curriculum is centred around a variety of engaging core texts both in the daily SFA English lessons and within cross curricular topics. Through the use of high quality and engaging texts, we aim to immerse children in learning which enables them to deepen their understanding of knowledge and skills across the curriculum.
Reading at School
At Anchorsholme, we want our children to become enthusiastic, engaged readers and to develop a lifelong love of books and literature. We introduce children to a wide range of high quality fiction, non-fiction and poetry books in our English SFA lessons and our cross curricular topic lessons. In the early stages of reading, children are taught to decode words using phonic skills as their main approach. Alongside this children are also taught sight vocabulary. Children read in small groups during their daily 90 minute English lessons and also individually with either the class teacher or a teaching assistant.
Reading at home
Developing readers will bring home a levelled reading book (according to their reading stage). We expect children to read their levelled book to an adult at home every evening. In Reception and Key Stage 1 books are changed weekly. In Key Stage 2, books are changed as required (children in Key Stage 2 will be reading longer books which may last for several days/week). Your child should be reading at home for around 10-15 minutes (at least) each day. Your support with this is essential in order to develop your child’s reading skills, confidence and understanding. If your child is an independent reader, it is still vital that you continue to read with them, listen to them and discuss the books they are reading.
Tips for reading with your child
- Try to find a regular time to read together. 10-15 minutes per day is better than a longer session once a week. Set this time aside and make it part of your daily routine.
- Reading together should be a positive experience. Ensure that there are no distractions during reading time. This time should be relaxing, remember to praise your child’s efforts.
- Encourage your child to have a go at reading words, by using their phonic skills to read unfamiliar words and by working on developing their sight vocabulary.
- Talk with your child about the meanings of words in order to help them to understand what they are reading about.
- Encourage your child to read a range of texts such as stories, newspapers, comics, leaflets, signs, etc.
- Read books to your child regularly. Younger children will bring home a book from the school library for you to read to them. With older children, choose a favourite author and read a chapter a night to them.
- Ask children questions about the text in order to develop their understanding of what they have read.
Question to develop understanding
- Where/when does the story take place?
- Who are the characters in the story?
- What happens in this part of the story?
- Tell me one/two things that the main character does in this part of the story?
- Can you retell the story in your own words?
- Tell me what the character was like?
- Tell me the most interesting/exciting/funny part of the story. Why?
- What do you think the character feels about….? How do you know?
- What do you think would have happened if…?
- What do you think is going to happen next?
- Which part of the book did you like the best/least? Why?
- How has the author used words/phrases to make this character funny/sad/clever/frightening etc?
- Why is….a good title for this book?
- Do you know anymore stories like this? How are they alike?
- Do you know another story with similar characters? Tell me how they are similar.
- What do you think the story is telling us?
- Has anything like this happened to you?
If you need any further information about Success for All (SfA), please contact the school office on 01253 855215 and ask to speak to Mrs Lang.