English is divided into Reading, Writing (including spelling and handwriting) and Speaking and Listening.
Our main reading scheme is the Oxford Reading Tree. We also encourage children to read non-fiction texts and poetry. We want all of our children to read for pleasure so children are encouraged to choose a free choice book once a week. We also have several reading stations positioned around our school and encourage children to ‘get caught reading” All children throughout the school are taught using a programme called Language and Literacy. The scheme engages teachers and children in the English curriculum through using high quality texts and creative teaching approaches.
From the Foundation stage until Year 3, children take part in daily synthetic phonics sessions. We follow the Ruth Miskin phonics scheme, also known as Read Write Inc.
Children are taught daily spelling, punctuation and grammar objectives and develop their extended writing skills by following Ros Wilson’s Big Write approach to composition.

The English Leader is Mrs. Elizabeth Waite, Sound Pronunciation Guide for parents/carers. Download: English Curriculum Objectives


Ruth Miskin 

We are a “Get Reading. Keep Reading. Change Everything.” school.

We use the highly successful Read Write Inc. Phonics programme to teach our children to read, write and spell. Our children do well in the phonics screening check and by Year 2, the majority are fluent readers with the best chance of success in the KS1 tests.

Ruth Miskin Training recognise us for teaching the programme with fidelity and passion – we know what it takes to make reading and writing pleasurable and rewarding for our children.

This badge recognises that we:

  • Raise standards in reading and writing for our children
  • Are all expertly trained by Ruth Miskin Training – including our headteacher (INSERT NAME HERE)
  • Gain the latest programme updates through regular visits from our Ruth Miskin trainer
  • Support our most vulnerable readers with extra one-to-one teaching every day.

To visit the parent pages on the Ruth Miskin Training website go to:http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/parents/


Reading Buddies at Tiverton

At Tiverton we have a reading buddy scheme. Children from year 5 are partnered up with year 2 children. Each day they will read with their reading buddy. Reading to younger students can help develop a love of reading and a greater motivation to read. Younger students also read to their older buddies each week, as this allows younger readers to feel a sense of accomplishment while they build fluency. Because the program provides success in literacy, students often become more positive about their ability to read and may also improve their reading skills.
Here are some photos of the Reading Buddies at work.



World Book Day

At Tiverton we celebrated World Book Day.
The theme of the day was ‘Our favourite stories’.
The main aim of the day was to enthuse the children and get them excited about reading. On this day the children and staff came to school in fancy dress. We dressed up as characters from our favourite stories. Children completed lots of activities based around their class books and their favourite characters.
Here are some photos from World Book Day



Debating at Tiverton

All classes at Tiverton participate in debating. Children are given two debate topics per half term and will have whole class verbal debates using our language of debate. Our views are then displayed on our Debate Mate board.
Our current debate is ‘Everyone should play a musical instrument’
What are your views?

Philosophy for Children

Philosophy for Children offers a way to open up children’s learning through enquiry and the exploration of ideas. Children learn that their ideas have value, and that the ideas of other children have value too. Through Philosophy for Children they realise that they don’t always have to be right, but they gain the confidence to ask questions and learn through discussion.
Our philosophy sessions are delivered by Mr. Matt Harvey and
Mr. Tanga Wanda.



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