Western House Academy -
'where every opportunity shapes a life'
At WHA we believe that children need secure literacy skills to be a fully participating member of society. In the Early Years and KS1 our teaching ensures all children have a good grasp of phonics and develop a love of stories. Class reading texts have been chosen to deepen the knowledge of the wider curriculum; VIPERS (Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explain, Retrieval, Summarise) are used to ensure all children develop the reading skills needed, with vocabulary and retrieval focussed on in every lesson. Children learn to write for a variety of purposes and audiences using quality modelling from the teacher and additional guidance when required. Children are given the opportunity to make their writing shine through editing after teacher feedback.