English at Stonebroom Primary
We all know that reading opens the door to all learning.
A child who reads a lot will become a good reader.
A good reader will be able to read challenging material.
A child who reads challenging material is a child who will learn.
The more a child learns, the more a child wants to find out.
It is, therefore, vital that your child finds learning to read and write a rewarding and successful experience.
Whilst at Stonebroom Primary& Nursery School all children will have experience in the following areas in English: speaking and listening, reading, writing, grammar spelling and punctuation, as well as handwriting. Children are encouraged to communicate their ideas through writing and speaking which includes: drama, performance, creative writing, poetry and prose. Children’s work is celebrated both in school through display and out of school on the school website, through publications and competitions.
At Stonebroom we teach reading using Read Write Inc which covers phonics, reading and writing. This approach is used across Key Stage 1 so that when pupils move into Key Stage 2 they have all the reading skills they will need to be successful learners.
It enables every child to become a confident and fluent reader at the first attempt. Every child who completes Read Write Inc. learns to read fluently and confidently. In KS1:
- learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letters/letter groups using simple picture prompts
- learn to read words using sound blending
- read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out
- show that they comprehend the stories by answering 'Find It' and 'Prove It' discussion questions
- learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent the 44 sounds
- learn to write words by saying the sounds and graphemes
- write simple sentences
- · compose stories based on picture strips
- Compose a range of texts using discussion prompts.
Children are assessed so they work with children at the same level. This allows them to take a full part in all lessons. They work in pairs so that they:
- answer every question
- practise every activity with their partner
- take turns in talking to each other In addition to the Read, Write Inc scheme, the child will be heard read individually by an adult. We aim for once a week, depending on the reading skills of the child. We also have guided reading sessions where pupils work in small groups reading and discussing a text to develop their skills. Across the curriculum there are plenty of opportunities for whole class reading activities too, including class books and novels that are shared and enjoyed across the school.
In KS2 pupils in all classes also read a class novel each term, which includes both classic novels and novels with specific links to cross-curricular work. In October, all classes spend a creative literacy week exploring and producing work around a book, take part in a ‘round robin, dress as a book character etc.
We assess reading using NFER tests and for Years 2 & 6, past SATs papers. We assess on entry into the new year group, mid-year and end of year for progress. Interventions are also used to support pupils to fulfil their potential and accelerate progress. Reading levels are assessed termly and we use Scholastic Pro analyse their progress in lexile levels. Once a child has reached ‘lime’ reading level, they can progress onto the Scholastic pro books, which are located in the school library.
We promote reading through use of our school library, Book Week, the Book Fair and other themed activities. Our aim is for every child to leave Stonebroom Primary as a fluent and keen reader.
Writing involves the teaching of fiction and non-fiction genres. Varied resources are used: interactive whiteboard materials such as Smart Literacy, on-line scheme Wordsmith (Pearson), on line resources such as websites, current affairs programme “Newsround” and children’s newspaper “First News”, poetry textbooks. Publishing for an audience is an essential part of writing, with pupils writing for a purpose e.g. to share through displays, competitions, on the school website etc. Writing is assessed termly through joint moderation of pupil’s independent work in books. Pupils needing additional support in writing take part in interventions.
Grammar, punctuation and spelling are taught, where possible, through writing and reading. There are times discrete lessons may be appropriate and we use a variety of resources. Assessment is through termly NFER assessment test to track progress. Phonics and spelling rules are taught, dependent upon ability. Spellings and spelling rules are taught three times a week in school. Pupils are encouraged to learn spellings at home and spelling lists are sent out each term.
Handwriting is taught through Nelson handwriting.