A good servant of Jesus Christ
'Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.' 1 Timothy 4:12
“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.”
The National Curriculum:
The National Curriculum for English (2014) aims to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.
The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:
read easily, fluently and with good understanding
develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
acquire a wide vocabulary,
an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.
At Trinity Primary Academy, we believe that our phonics provision is at the very heart of our children’s journey into becoming confident, skilful and independent readers. Starting in the Early Years Foundation Stage, our phonic teaching is guided by the ‘Letters and Sounds’ scheme, where our children are gradually introduced to the correspondences between sounds (phonemes) and letters through carefully planned activities. Pupils across Reception, Year One and Year Two participate in daily phonic sessions, where we identify and blend different letter sounds and letter combinations together to make a word, and then blending those phonemes to produce the word. Through this rigorous coverage of Phase Two to Phase Six sounds, our children take their first important steps in learning to read.
At the end of Year One, each child’s phonic knowledge is tested in a statutory Phonics Screening test, carried out by an adult who is familiar to them.
At Trinity Primary Academy, we believe that reading can open doors to all kinds of exciting and imaginative new worlds for our children. We believe that every child can become a confident and fluent reader, and in doing so, improve their communication and language skills, and their understanding of the wider curriculum.
Children at Trinity have access to a large range of vibrant and engaging texts that have been carefully chosen to reflect their interests. We use books from several published schemes (including Oxford Reading Tree, Collins Big Cat, Project X, Songbirds, Treetops), ensuring that children are given texts that carefully match their phonic and reading ability whichever stage of the reading journey they are on. Trinity’s Reading Scheme is organized into colour-banded books that allow the children to acquire reading skills and fluency in a systematic way.
At Trinity, we aim to inspire a love of reading that goes way beyond the classroom, and would like to work with our parents and carers to help our youngsters build their reading confidence at home. We ask that parents and carers hear their children read wherever possible, asking questions about the text to aid their children’s understanding beyond the literal meaning of the words.
In addition to our reading scheme books, our children have access to a mini-library in every classroom, where they can read and borrow books from a selection of popular authors and text types.
Trinity are also very proud of our fully-stocked library that is accessible to the whole school.
At Trinity Primary Academy, we love writing! Through carefully planned English units, our children develop into thoughtful readers and creative writers.
Each unit starts with a 'cold writing task' where we assess the children's understanding of different text types and each child receives individual targets to work on during the unit. We tailor our planning carefully to suit the needs of the children and they will be taught a range of grammar, sentence structure, word/vocabulary building and spelling skills and how to apply this to their writing.
Each unit ends with a 'big write' where they apply all of the skills they have learnt.
During the year, the children will have the opportunity to study high quality fiction, non-fiction and poetry units.