Literacy Support

Every child receives quality first teaching, which includes differentiation for varying levels of academic ability, taking into account a range of needs and learning styles.

Teachers work in planning teams across schools in Gipsy Hill Federation and this provides opportunities for peer support as well as a focus on high quality planning of engaging lessons that capture the children's imaginations. Staff training is focused on strategies to impact teachers’ classroom practice to benefit all pupils in their classes.

In addition to quality first teaching, for children who need additional support to close the gaps, they might be involved in the following interventions:

Literacy Intervention Groups

Literacy intervention groups are designed to target children that need additional support in closing the gaps in writing, sentence structure, phonics or reading. This consists of intensive teaching and support in small groups targeted to meet the specific needs of the individuals in the group. This might be daily or a specified number of times a week. The aim is to provide intense support so children make accelerated progress and for the skills learnt to be generalised and transferred back to the classroom.

Phonic Box

This is a structured phonics and spelling programme, which is intended as a narrowing the gap intervention for Reception and Year 1 with a focus on phase 2 phonics. In Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 the Phonic box may be used as an SEN intervention with a focus on phase 2 and 3 phonics, extending to sentence building for children who still need these areas targeted.

Targeted Reading

This is a TA-delivered intervention to support children with all aspects of their reading including reading fluency and comprehension. This intervention provides children with the opportunity to read 1:1 at least three times a week focused on targets agreed together with the teacher. Books read are matched specifically to the child’s level to ensure children build up their skills and become increasingly confident.

Reading Recovery

Reading Recovery is a school based, short term literacy intervention programme which provides additional support for the very lowest attaining children, mainly in Year 1, but sometimes in Year 2. The programme focuses on reading as well as writing and provides individualised support to meet the different needs of each child.

Reading Recovery involves intensive one to one lessons for 30 minutes a day with a specialist Reading Recovery teacher for an average of 20 weeks. All children make progress on the programme and those children whose parents read at home daily with them will make accelerated progress to bring them up to within the average level for their year group.  Children usually start the programme at pre reading level of P6/P7 and a high percentage achieve 1A by the end of the programme.

The programme also involves working closely with parent/carers, as their daily support is essential to their child's progress.

All schools in Gipsy Hill Federation have specialist Reading Recovery teachers as part of their Inclusion team.

The Reading Recovery team on the different sites are:

  • Kingswood Lower Site: Imelda Callaghan, Amy Durston, Claudette Jacobs and Valerie
  • Paxton Primary School: Mary Dunne
  • Elm Wood Primary School: Stephanie Bernard
  • Crawford Primary School: Denise Gizauskas and Paula Kenton
  • Fenstanton Primary School: Shameem Sanoon and Shaun Milton
  • Glenbrook Primary School: Ann Marie Pryce
  • Kingswood Primary School Lower Site
  • Kingswood Primary School Upper Site
  • Elm Wood Primary School
  • Paxton Primary School
  • Crawford Primary School
  • Fernstanton Primary School
  • Glenbrook Primary School
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