At Roby Mill we recognise the key role our English skills have in all our subject areas. Our Early Years curriculum is designed to develop early speaking, listening, reading and writing skills which the children need in order to succeed in every curriculum area. In Key Stage One, there is an emphasis on phonics with many areas of our classroom focussing on the key sounds taught during our Rising Stars Rocket phonics scheme. Fun, hands-on lessons engage our children and the use of songs and technology help embed the learning. Phonics intervention and spelling lessons continue into Key Stage Two where the children enjoying using Spelling Frame, Reading Eggs and Reading Express on iPads to learn and test their knowledge.
We aim to foster a love of reading at school and encourage all our children to read for pleasure. Books for Early Years and Key Stage One pupils are fully phonetically decodable enabling even our youngest children to read both independently and with others from an early age. We have a range of books including Floppy's Phonics, Pearson Bug Club and Rocket Phonics. In Key Stage Two, children can choose their own books from our extensive library collection. We regularly use pupil voice when buying new novels. As a school, we recognise the importance of technology and use a range of online books collections including GetEpic and Reading Express. Theme days such as World Book Day and participating in events such as the We Are Reading Trail promote a love of reading and homework tasks linked to key authors provide opportunities for children to share their learning with those at home.