English

13 Sep 2019

Reading

Children will have one discrete phonics and literacy lesson a day through EYFS and Lower KS1 lasting from 20 – 50 minutes depending on the year group. Children are streamed into ability groups to ensure the teaching is pitched correctly in order for children to make accelerated progress. High frequency words are introduced during phonics lessons and alongside reading books for children to develop a good sight vocabulary and improve fluency. Children in EYFS and KS1 read individually with an adult at least once a week and take part in guided reading session to refine reading and comprehension skills. All children are introduced to a range of text types including; multicultural stories, poems, rhymes, fairy tales, traditional tales, encyclopaedias, dictionaries, non-fiction texts, picture books and stories by significant authors.
 
In KS2 children have regular opportunities to read aloud to adults and peers. This enables us to monitor mastery of sight vocabulary, application of phonics, development of fluency and expression, knowledge of the structure of language and audience awareness. All KS2 children have a reading focused week every three weeks. Lower KS2 classes focus on cracking comprehension during this week. They also have a session per week based around a class novel and take part in silent and paired reading throughout the week. Upper KS2 base their reading week around the class novel. Toe by Toe, Units of Sound and phonics sessions are delivered to children identified as needing additional support during interventions throughout each week.
 
A library session is devoted to each class in school per week. Children are expected to read at home. Books in EYFS and KS1 are book banded. Children in KS2 are encouraged to be free readers and choose their own reading books. A record of the books children have read is kept in each classroom.

Click HERE for our Reading Policy

Writing

Children develop their writing skills in their literacy lessons and have opportunities to write for a range of purposes in across the whole curriculum.  Children write in a range of contexts such as letter writing, emails, reports, persuasive texts and fiction writing. Our themed curriculum provides many opportunities for children to develop their writing skills in meaningful contexts. Written work across all areas is completed in one ‘writing book’ as we believe that this encourages the children to use their learned skills accurately in all areas.  Children in EYFS develop early mark marking and writing skills in a range of adult led play activities. As they move through the year, they develop their early writing skills by learning letter formations and writing familiar words and short sentences.

We now use the No Nonsense Spelling, Grammar & Punctuation Scheme throughout the school.

 
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