In Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, we use a combination of Jolly Phonics, Jolly Grammar and Letters and Sounds. Please click the pictures above to find out more about each of the programmes. 

Our reading scheme is organised into phonic phases and incorporates a variety of texts including the Oxford Reading Tree Programme. We also use ‘Accelerated Reader’ to support reading across the school.

Reading VIPERS!

Reading VIPERS is our way of supporting children with their reading comprehension skills. All children will be working on VIPERS during class reading, whether it is reading as a class, in a small group, or one-to-one with an adult.

Reading Vipers posters are displayed in all classrooms. Up to the end of Year 2, the ‘S’ stands for ‘Sequence’. Once children move into Year 3, the ‘S’ stands for ‘Summarise’, which is a more demanding skill. If we ensure that children are competent in all of these reading skills, we are covering all of the National Curriculum requirements and enabling them to be strong, confident readers. This acronym is just a great way of helping children and parents to remember what these vital skills are. VIPERS can be used on any text that a child is reading, as well as on pictures, picture books and films! When any adult is listening to a child read, all they have to do is think of questions about the book/picture/film that cover all of the VIPERS, and there are great examples included in the booklets below. It would be fantastic if parents could also be referring to VIPERS when they listen to their child read at home!

Please click the booklets below to view the VIPERs posters and suggested questions:

Spelling at All Saints

Is Spelling Important?

In the age of the computer, it could be asked whether or not it is still important to learn to spell. Good spelling and grammar make it easier for others to read what you have to say and understand the meaning behind it. One misspelt word or incorrect spelling choice can change the entire meaning of a sentence. At All Saints, we aim to teach spelling in a way that ensures children tackle new spellings with confidence and learn them for life.

Home Spelling Books and High Frequency Words

In partnership with home, we aim to enhance each child’s spelling through the teaching of spelling patterns in school and home spelling books containing the high frequency and ‘tricky’ words which don’t conform to a pattern.

At the start of each academic year, we will check your child’s spelling by retesting all words covered previously. This will enable us to effectively select an appropriate spelling book for them. Before a new spelling books is given, your child is likely to receive a blank book or sheet containing handwritten words. These words are personal to your child as they are those that were misspelt in their assessment. You may be surprised by some of the words on the list; these may include days of the week, proper nouns that require a capital letter or contracted words with an apostrophe. Please remember that your child will only have been given these words if they misspelt them and they will therefore need to learn them before moving on to a book from our scheme.

Learning Spellings at Home

Your child will need to bring their spelling book to school with them each day and we ask that they are kept inside their reading diary. The set of words your child needs to learn will be indicated by a highlighted tick and the boxes alongside the spellings should only be ticked or marked by your child’s teacher once they have been tested. Children should practise their spellings at home as often as they can, ideally as part of their daily reading routine.

Few children learn spellings by simply reading them aloud. Many children find it beneficial to look at the word closely, say it aloud, cover it and then write it down. It can also help to join the letters in the word as this helps to create a physical memory of it. In the front of each spelling book, you will find general tips and ideas for spelling practice at home. The books also contain more specific strategies for more complex words such as identifying the root word, breaking it down into syllables or using daft rhymes to make it memorable!

Testing Spellings in School

Within a two week period, your child will be individually tested on their highlighted set of words by either their teacher or a teaching assistant. Correct spellings will be ticked and incorrect ones will be dotted. Once all of the set has been written correctly, they will move on to the next set and therefore, dotted words should continue to be learnt until they are remembered. Sometimes a child will spell a word correctly at home and then incorrectly at school. It is important that spellings are remembered long-term before moving on to the next set and sufficient time should therefore be given to enable them to do this. Once they have completed their current set, their teacher will highlight the tick alongside the next ones that they need to learn.