Our approach to English
Our approach to reading
Reading takes place in a variety of contexts: guided reading, shared reading, paired and individual reading, both in literacy lessons and across the wider curriculum. Throughout the school, children participate in activities that develop confidence and motivation so that they will want to read. They are taught through a range of activities that reading is enjoyable and communicates meaning. Early Years and Key Stage One children are taught to read using phonics. Children are encouraged to read with pace, introducing captions and sentences for even our youngest children.
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We take an active part in an exciting programmes called Reading Gladiators. This programme has been developed for high attaining readers; to offer them opportunities that supports them to read more widely from a broad range of books that are selected to provide appropriate challenge. It gives the Gladiators the opportunity to discuss books at a higher level, and equips pupils with the skills they need to achieve their full potential in reading.
Reading books with children is a great way to spend family time. Research shows that exploring books can have lots of benefits for children, and it is also just fantastic family fun. Children regard reading as a special kind of sharing because they have your personal attention. Discussing books with children is a lovely way to get an insight into their world and to help them explore the world around them. Our book marks give you hints to get you started. Each class teacher will expect the children to discuss a set amount of questions every week. Please remember to record what you have read and discussed in your child’s reading log.
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Details of our reading schemes
Children read individually to an adult at school and take their books home to read. Our early reading books are colour banded to ensure that the book they select is at about the right reading level for them. Parents/carers are encouraged to fill in a reading record sheet on a daily basis. During guided reading children working in a small group with the teacher or learning support assistant, to read text and develop comprehension strategies. Our school reference library holds a range of books and children have free access to it. As our children progress through the school they have more opportunities to read a widening range of texts so as to broaden their knowledge and understanding. The art of skimming and scanning is introduced when appropriate to further the ability of the children to do their own research.
- A reading programme that the school uses to help teach reading
- Carefully graded eBooks and online games
- Children access eBooks via a personalised website
- The book content features some well-known characters and brands
- There are lots of different types of books, including story, information, comics, thrillers, plays and fantasy
Children throughout the school are given opportunities to write independently. Early Years and Key Stage One write diaries, lists, labels, captions and stories from first hand experiences. As our children develop their writing skills they are taught to plan their work and to draft, amend and self-correct whenever possible.
Children are given a variety of opportunities to select a range of writing forms to suit the context, for example a script, recipe or instructions. They learn about grammar and punctuation within the context of their own writing and use drama to work out and discuss story line and characterisation. As they progress through the school children will study the following text areas: narrative writing, persuasive, instructional, explanation, discussion and report amongst others.
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Letters and Sounds is taught in Key Stage One. Spellings are learnt on a regular basis in Key Stage Two and we use the Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check method when recording. The Single Word Spelling Test lists, words written incorrectly in writing and National Literacy Strategy Spelling Bank are used to formulate differentiated spelling lists. Spelling is taught through an investigative style which enables children to think about the rules for different spelling patterns. Children are encouraged to use dictionaries and Thesauri whenever appropriate.
Children are taught joined up writing as soon as they can form all the letters accurately. This enables them to develop a fluent, cursive style. As they move through the school the children are encouraged to select and use an appropriate range of handwriting styles for various tasks. All pupils are supported to work through a series of stages to develop cursive handwriting and to use their new skills in all their written work.
Certificates are given as each pupil reaches a new stage in the scheme.
In addition, a Governor’s Award is given for the most improved handwriting.
Pupils who achieve correctly and consistently joined handwriting with correct placement of capitals will receive a blue pen. When they progress to a fluent sloping style, they will receive a black pen.
This Handwriting Skills Summary shows the different stages. You can help your child at home, by encouraging them to practice forming their letter correctly in all their writing.
Andy Salmon (aka Sir Linkalot) from Thinkalink introduced all the children (Reception to Year 6) to the world of ‘Linking‘ which is a fun and easy way to remember any fact with the focus being SPAG, i.e Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar and a bit of Maths with the older children to show its diversitry.
To find out what it’s all about, here are some clips of him in action, the second one is with 10 adorable Year 5 children who could do with a boost when it comes to spelling…..
You can find more here…Sir Linkalot Vimeo
Schemes of work we currently follow in our KS1/Early Years:
Letters and Sounds
Oxford Reading Tree