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St Dennis

Primary Academy

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How we ensure children make progress in reading

How we ensure children make progress in reading at St Dennis Primary Academy


  • RWI is taught with fidelity as the school's Systematic Synthetic Phonics Programme.
  • We are a partner school with Kernow English Hub to ensure best practice and to implement their aims: to ensure all children make speedy progress in phonics and reading, to develop children's understanding and use of spoken language and to develop children's love of reading.
  • Swift analysis of RWI and Accelerated Reader data to informs quality first teaching, interventions and indentification of priority readers.
  • Specific groups and individuals are prioritised throughout the year to be focus children in the classroom and receive additional daily support in reading.
  • Clear progression of reading skills taught through VIPERS (vocabulary, inference, prediction, explanation , retrieval and sequencing / summarising) reading prompts.
  • Reading Champion in role carries out diagnostic running records to identify specific barriers to reading and ways to overcome them, as detailed in the reading guidance booklet we created.
  • Use of Target Tracker gap analysis tools and Pupil Progress Meetings to target children and adapt children where necessary.
  • Teachers know the expected standards of reading (e.g. RWI - Year 1 children should be at Pink by the end of the autumn term and blue at the end of the year) for their year groups at different points throughout the year.
  • Summative assessments including RWI, the STAR Reading Test and PIRA inform teaching.
  • A progressive set of library skills are explicitly taught.
  • Children receive interventions in a variety of ways, including: RWI 1:1, Toe by Toe, Precision Teaching and RWI Fresh Start.
  • Children who do not read at home, read with a trained member of staff.
  • Monitoring of the teaching of reading across the school ensures this is high-quality and is focussed on research including EEF -  Preparing for Literacy between the ages of 3 and 5, Improving Literacy in KS1 and Improving Literacy in KS2.
  • We provide training and information to assist parents and carers to support children's reading through information meetings, newsletters, Facebook and via the website.
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  • Carne Hill, St Dennis, Saint Austell
  • PL26 8AY
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St Dennis Primary Academy is part of Truro and Penwith Academy Trust, a charitable company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales. Company Number: 08880841. Registered address: Academy House, Truro Business Park, Threemilestone, Truro, Cornwall. TR4 9LD