Reading & English
These skills are developed in a variety of settings and throughout all curriculum areas to encourage communication in purposeful, clear and orderly dialogue, that is appropriate for a range of occasions and purposes, and which invites careful, sympathetic and responsive listening. Children are given the opportunity to express and explore thoughts, feelings and emotions through speaking. They are encouraged to listen carefully to stories, discussion, other ideas and feelings and to respond appropriately. They are expected to learn to respect and respond to the views of others. Pupils are also taught to understand and use the conventions for discussion and debat and we are beginning to incorporate the ‘art of storytelling’ into our creative curriculum lessons’.
Reading consists of two aspects:
- Word reading
- Comprehension (both listening and reading)
Reading has extremely high status within the school and we seek to create fluent, discerning, life-long readers who love and value books
Reading and Phonics
In our EYFS and Key Stage 1 We have a variety of real books colour coded and a selection of schemes including ‘Oxford Reading Tree’ supplemented with ‘Pearson Rigby’ and ‘Collins Big Cats’. Pupils have daily phonics lessons using the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme and is supplemented with ‘Jolly Phonics’.
We are embedding the levelled banding system from Reception to Year 6, which enables all pupils to independently choose selections of fiction and non-fiction texts. The bands will be chosen by the class teacher and this will change as the children progress through their reading.
We actively involve parents in the process of reading and acknowledge the role of parents in the development of reading and have run reading workshops to assist them. We encourage parents and children to enjoy reading and sharing books together. Monday night is ‘Reading Together Night’ where we encourage children and parents in all cohorts to come into the new library and enjoy the books together.
Every day we have DEAR- Drop Everything And Read sessions where children have have an oppportunity to enjoy reading a variety of books
Time is set aside for regular reading and children are given the experience of reading alone and together. Children partake in Guided Reading sessions (Reception -Level 6) and are encouraged to discuss these and make choices about their reading. Pupils have a wide range of high quality reading materials to support your child’s reading development.
Each class has the opportunity to visit the mobile library and to share in stories being read by the library staff. Pupils also have the opportunity to borrow books on a class ticket.
Reading for Charity
We have various reading competitions were pupils read poems and books so they can raise money for different charities.
We have an annual Book Week which enables the children to participate in a themed set of lessons where they get to experience and read a range of exciting texts. This year the children dressed up as different book characters as well as opening the new library, something the staff really enjoyed doing too!! (Please see below) We have a selection of age appropriate authors and arrange various Authors and Illustrators to visit.
- Transcription (spelling and handwriting)
- Composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing)
Children learn to write by using the language they speak. We actively encourage children to ‘have a go’, and then with skilful teacher input and support we work through the recognised stages of development to achieve standard written English. Spelling, phonics and punctuation are developed gradually through the children’s writing. As they develop, children are encouraged to see writing as a powerful means of self - expression and communication and to write for a range of purposes. Pupils have the opportunity to write extensively every fortnight during their ‘Big Write’ sessions incorporating a wide selection of genres (including recounts, letters, diary entries, instructions, newspapers, biographies, play scripts, poetry, and narrative to mention just a few). Children are taught to plan, draft and edit their work. They also have the opportunity to reflect on the ‘Next Steps’ provided by their teachers and ‘up level’ pieces of their writing.
In keeping with the school handwriting policy children are taught a progressive set of writing skills that teach the family of handwriting letters along with their corresponding entry and exit joins. Posture, grip and pattern work lead into formal letter formation and the development of cursive, joined up, neat handwriting and aim for children to:
- Achieve a neat, legible style with correctly formed letters in cursive handwriting.
- Develop flow and speed.
- Eventually produce the letters automatically and in their independent writing.
Spelling and Grammar
In keeping with the 2014 English Curriculum the school has used and is embedding a Spelling and Grammar programme from reception to Year 6. Pupils have the opportunity to have weekly spelling and grammar lessons, complete spelling journals, and consolidating activities during carousel activities during Guided Reading
QCDA Understanding Progress in English for parents link