At Wednesbury Oak Academy we follow Rising Stars Read in to Writing (RitW) from Year 1 to Year 6 to provide quality first teaching of English. This scheme allows us to teach English through quality texts, providing a stimulus for writing. This approach to the teaching of English comes directly from the purpose of study, which states, ‘Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know.’
The books studied in the RitW curriculum have been carefully selected to give children a breadth of reading experience that includes exploration of themes, philosophical questions, context, the children’s own experiences as well as the emotional journey the characters go on in the stories. Thus, RitW helps children to develop in the ways intended from the purpose of study, whilst acquiring knowledge and broadening their vocabulary, using all that they learn to express themselves in writing. In this way, RitW develops children’s understanding of themselves, others and the world.