Success for All programmes are designed to instil a love of learning in pupils, and the framework to pursue it at each stage of their development. By giving struggling pupils the means to achieve literacy, matching or exceeding their peers in other schools, we set them up for lifetime of success.
Our early childhood and primary programmes are built around cooperative frameworks, with lessons enriched and made fun. Pupils are engaged with discussion and motivating challenges every day. They are also given effective instruction in critical academic and social skills, where interactive lessons are fully aligned to the common core standards.
Programmes extend cooperative learning with detailed, proven effective lesson plans. Pupils acquire the skills and strategies they need to read, comprehend and critically dissect complex texts. SfA programmes are designed to accelerate the development of struggling pupils.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all pupils came into Reception ready to succeed? Curiosity Corner was designed to achieve that goal. The 2011 Government White Paper, ‘Early Intervention: The Next Steps’, chaired by Graham Allen MP, placed Curiosity Corner in the top category for Effective Early Intervention.
Developed as a comprehensive programme, the 36 one-week-long Curiosity themes feature active experiences which enhance children’s language and literacy as well as their cognitive, mathematical, social, personal, creative and physical development.
Curiosity Corner engages three and four year olds in literacy-focused problem-solving activities, which meet National Curriculum guidance across all areas of learning.
Do your Reception pupils have a good level of development but inadequate learning skills? KinderCorner is the answer!
This whole-day curriculum meets all the requirements for Reception. It enables all pupils to reach their potential, enabling them to enter Year 1 with firm academic skills in place. It builds on the best of Curiosity Corner and follows a similar daily structure. KinderCorner focuses on oral language development, phonemic awareness, phonics, alphabet knowledge, early reading and numeracy as well as developmentally-appropriate activities in social studies and science, the development of pupil’s physical, emotional, personal, creative and interpersonal skills and self-esteem.
The 16 theme guides, which reduce planning time, are the backbone of KinderCorner. Written in a user-friendly format, they provide not only the framework for each day, but also a thematic rationale, materials list, objectives, a vocabulary list, detailed directions for each component and letters for parents.
This beginner reader programme (typically Year One) explicitly links the phonics sounds and skills pupils are learning to their reading and writing. Pupils are given a ‘jump start’ to letter sound correspondence and blending which initiates reading and spelling. Using a synthetic approach to the teaching of phonics, it is intensive, systematic and yet enjoyable to teach.
The Shared Story books, especially written by Success for All, build reading and comprehension skills and a vocabulary of ‘tricky’ and high frequency words.
Creative writing tasks, inspired by events and characters in the books, provide the focus for writing. This integrated approach allows children to practise and apply literacy skills in a meaningful way.
Wings supports and challenges both basic and more competent readers and develops their skills through reading a wide range of carefully selected literature including fiction, non-fiction and poetry. In most cases the pupils read the whole book.
The books are supported by well-thought out, structured teaching materials that stimulate discussion about the text, increase pupil’s vocabulary, focus on the understanding of different literary devices and key reading skills. The materials also provide highly structured writing activities based on the texts with the opportunity for extra extended writing interspersed between them.
The five levels of materials include detailed daily lesson plans for teachers including assessments, pupil materials that support them, resources for photocopying as well as manuals for extended writing and grammar-for-editing.
The Year 6 Preparation for Testing is an all-encompassing course of study designed to teach children the skills needed to succeed in Year 6 standardised tests.
The programme is designed for a wide range of settings regardless of whether the children are preparing for the English SATs or Welsh Standardised Tests (or any other statutory format), as the lessons cover the full range of questions and genres that they might encounter. Some of the ideas and strategies could even be used with other year groups if they are required to complete similar tests.
The programme consists of 11 one week units, each devoted to a specific literary genre (i.e. personal recounts, non-chronological reports, poetry, persuasive and discursive writing, play scripts, etc.). Each unit covers reading and writing in the select genre, with the reading materials looking at extract texts within a test context, providing opportunities for children to experience a practice test on a weekly basis. Specific attention is paid to question identification and response types.
The writing sessions at the end of each week give students the chance to complete a piece of writing in the select genre and then add it to a portfolio that is maintained over the course of the year to contribute to an overall assessment of their writing skills. Guidance for assessing children’s skills in using the features of each genre is given in the form of checklists throughout the lessons and in the Teacher Markbook.
There are also references to SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) questions and activities to check understanding as well as time given for specific grammar and spelling lessons, which need to be developed by the teacher based on the needs of their class.
The Year 6 Preparation for Testing comes with a Teacher Manual, complete with all the planning and resources need to teach each unit; a Student Book for each child that contains all their practice tests and writing activities; and a Teacher Markbook that contains the answers and marking guidelines to the weekly practice tests. Success for All also provides the weekly reading extracts needed to teach the programme.
The programme comes in two different ability levels to allow for more targeted instruction: Purple Level for those students currently working below Year group expectations, and Green Level for those children who are meeting or exceeding Year group expectations.