Word workshop is the programme that Lyons Hall teachers have developed to teach reading, spelling and writing. It teaches the children phonological and alphabetical knowledge so they can recognise the different phonemes (sounds and words) in order to become confident and fluent readers and writers.
Reading in KS1
Reading and writing are taught to meet the needs of the children in a wide range of creative, analytic and dynamic ways using current music and interactive learning. For more information on phonics please visit www.oxfordowl.co.uk
Alongside the daily phonics session (word workshop) the children develop their breadth and pleasure of reading, what reading is good for and a knowledge of how books work in a guided reading session. Extending their thinking, questioning, comprehension and inspiration to read is also the purpose of these sessions in both key stages.
When children need further support to become a fluent reader they succeed through code breakers. As popular in our school as Richard and Judy’s book club was for summer reads but with teaching of highest quality, together with effective assessment and tracking for those who encounter difficulty in reading.
Every Child a Reader
Further interventions to empower child to read using phonics alongside the other skills necessary to be a committed reader include “Every Child a Reader” which uses one to one tuition based on the reading recovery approach.
Numbers count is a personalised numeracy intervention for children who need a boost with numeracy additional support. Every child chosen has a programme of at least 40 half hour numbers count lessons over 3/4 months, while continuing to take part in their normal class mathematics lessons. Children are chosen based on their current numeracy ability, taking into account confidence and attitude towards numeracy.
Lessons take place in a dedicated teaching environment unit in the KS2 playground where children can use a wide variety of resources. We begin by identifying what the children already know and then plan an individualised programme to help each one to move forward. Lesson focus on numbers and calculation; they are very practical and fun!
The overall aim is to help each child become numerate and confident, to enjoy actively learning mathematics and to develop the skills and positive attitudes needed to continue to make good progress in normal class mathematics lessons after completing Numbers Count.