English at Park Wood Schools Federation
Recently, at Park Wood, we have adopted Power of Reading (POR). This is used across the school as a stimulus for writing and to develop reading skills. Foundation Stage use Power of Pictures which works in a similar way. Not only does POR inspire writing, it also compliments other subjects across the curriculum.
Power of Reading brings high quality literature to the heart of all learning. Its creative teaching approaches raise engagement in both reading and writing. The programme really fosters reading for pleasure and building positive relationships with reading. CLPE, creators of Power of Reading, have reported that children who enjoy reading are six times more likely than those who do no not like reading to read above the expected level for their age. Also, children who read for pleasure made more progress in Maths, broadening vocabulary and spelling between the ages of 10 and 16 compared to those who rarely read.
The programme is based around reading aloud which, even with older children, should never be under estimated.
'Reading aloud to children may be the most important thing a teacher does.' (Anne Thomas. The Reading Book)
'When someone reads aloud, they raise you to the level of the book. They give you reading as a gift. (Daniel Pennac The Rights of the Reader)
In conjunction with POR, Read, Write, Inc is used in Foundation Stage and into Year 1 as an approach to teaching phonics, reading, spelling and writing.
As children move from the end of Key Stage One into Key Stage Two, POR is still used as a stimulus for reading and writing alike. However, it is necessary for us to discretely teach spelling, punctuation and grammar so that these skills feed into writing. In a similar way, we teach and target specific reading skills discretely where necessary.
Year 6 are currently trialing the VIPER approach to reading quality literature as suggested by the Literacy Shed recommended by Literacy Specialists across the country.