Our children access a wide variety of books in school. Each child takes home a ‘home reader,’ these books are designed to match your child’s reading ability. There are several opportunities for children to change these books during the week and we ask that you regularly listen to your child read at home.
Every child also has a library book. We have a very extensive and well used library that has books to suite every taste. Children have a free choice of books with age appropriate content. Children may base their choice of library book on reading preference or their own interests and the choice of books are designed to instil a love of reading. They may choose books to read themselves or books to share at home.
Within school we teach reading through the use of guided reading sessions. In small groups children work on a book which is above their current reading level. They complete independent and adult led activities that are designed to develop their word recognition and comprehension skills.
Throughout the key stage, children gain experience of producing a wide range of narrative, non-fiction and poetic texts.
Children are taught to plan, draft, write, evaluate and read aloud. We include regular opportunities for children to complete extended pieces of writing and provide time for them to edit and improve their work.
Across school, children experience a wide range of non-fiction text types, many of which are linked to their learning challenge or science work. Creating links to other curriculum areas provides children with a purpose for writing and ensures they maintain their literacy standards in a variety of contexts.
As children progress through the school the focus for narrative writing varies. They develop skills based on plot, setting and characters which enable them to create extended pieces of narrative writing. Alongside this children also focus on three aspects of poetry: vocabulary building, structure and poetry appreciation. We ensure that there are opportunities for performance and recital throughout the year as well as classes sharing a ‘poem of the week’ every Friday in celebration assembly.
Throughout every writing unit children are taught spelling, grammar and punctuation rules that are related to, and appropriate for, the text type that they are focussing on.
Across all aspects of the national curriculum we provide opportunities for children to present and discuss their work and ideas. In Year 5 all our children take part in a speaking competition and in Year 6 we take part in the county debating competition. Oral rehearsal of written work is an important way of developing ideas, improving work and ensuring the use of Standard English. We use ‘Talk for Writing’ as a way of developing children’s written work through the use of spoken language activities.
The spelling lessons taught in class and the word lists that children bring home to learn are all based on the spelling rules set out for each year group in the National Curriculum. Alongside the spelling rules, the National Curriculum sets out a statutory word list for years 3 and 4 and years 5 and 6. These are words which will form part of the weekly spelling lists and children will need to know how to spell all of them. Below is a link to the statutory word lists.SPAG Jargon Busters