Success For All

At Devonshire Primary Academy, we teach the majority of the English Curriculum through Success for All (SfA).  Success for All is an approach to teaching English that is one of only 19 programmes across the world which is ‘proven to work’ (HMI January 2011).

At the heart of SfA are the Co-operative Learning Standards.  Pupils work in teams and are rewarded for their efforts in each of the standards.

SfA is a programme for teaching reading, writing, speaking and listening from Foundation Stage to Year 6.  It initially lays strong foundations in both oracy and literacy, starting with Foundation Stage pupils and moving on to provide systematic teaching throughout the primary years (1-6).  The programme is based on research and is proven to raise standards in reading and writing.  SfA provides a wide range of opportunities for children; to explore and develop phonic knowledge and comprehension strategies, develop vocabulary and spelling, improve grammatical awareness, analyse whole texts and develop writing in a wide range of genres.

  • Pupils are assessed on their reading comprehension.
  • Pupils are grouped according to their reading ability.
  • Pupils are taught in ability groups.
  • Pupils are assessed approximately every eight weeks and re-grouped if necessary.
  • In Foundation Stage, the Curiosity and Kinder programmes run throughout the day.
  • Pupils in Years 1 – 2 have a 90 minute SfA literacy lesson five days a week.  They work in Roots or Wings Roots groups, focusing on letter sounds, spelling, reading and writing.  Wings groups focus on reading comprehension, application of skills and extended writing.
  • Pupils in Years 3 – 5 have a 90 minute SfA lesson five days a week focusing on reading comprehension, application of skills and extended writing.  They generally work in Wings groups although, where children may need additional support, they may continue to be supported through Roots.
  • Pupils in Year 6 have a 90 minute SfA lesson five days a week.  They will start with Wings activities and will move on to Revision modules as the year progresses.  Some may also move on to Quest modules.