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Success For All (SfA)


Success for All (SfA)

What is SfA?

SfA is an evidence-based school improvement strategy focusing on literacy. It uses a style of teaching and learning known as co-operative learning. SfA is literacy based, and is a structured method of learning, designed to increase the reading and writing ability of all our children.

How is SfA different?

Co-operative learning is at the heart of SfA. Studies have shown that children absorb information much better when they teach someone else what they have learnt.  The sessions are designed to allow the children to work together to learn, teaching each other, and strengthening their own knowledge at the same time. All of our children are assigned special SfA groups of mixed ability children (year 1 – year 6) . These groups are very carefully selected to bring out the best of each child in the group. Each SfA group becomes are learning team, working together and supporting each other with their learning.

How is SfA taught to EYFS? 

As children in reception are at the foundation stage of their school journey, they have SfA sessions specifically designed for them. Much like the rest of the EYFS curriculum, these sessions are the building blocks to the learning they will undertake from Year 1. The same style of co-operative learning is introduced to the children, encouraging them to work as a team and learn from each other.

Phonics is taught as a lesson within the Roots level of SfA, opening the gateway to literacy for our children. Children begin each SfA lesson by learning new phonics sounds, recapping on previous sounds taught and applying these to their reading and writing. The phonics scheme is broken into ‘sets’ of sounds, the first of which is taught in reception. Children learn these sounds in separate phonics lessons. Once reception children are able to recognise the sounds and are able to blend them, they begin reading the SfA KinderRoots books, which link into the Roots programme in KS1.

Why are SfA groups often changed?

All children are different, and learn and develop at different speeds. This means that the dynamic of each group can, and does, change. With this in mind, each half-term the SfA teachers assess how every child in their group is getting on. A report is submitted to the Head of School for each child. The groupings are then reviewed based on how each child is progressing, and the groups are adjusted to make sure every child is getting the best from SfA.

If you would like more information about SfA, please speak with your child's teacher.

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