We aim to make our children competent and confident users of English. Through a balance of different teaching methods, we aim to help children acquire the skills they need to access all areas of the curriculum and equip them with the ability to communicate effectively in our society. These English skills will also be central to gaining employment and being modern, global citizens.
As a school, we aim to ensure that the pupils:
- Read fluently and with good understanding
- Develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
- Acquire a broad vocabulary through reading a wide range of books
- Have a solid understanding of English grammar
- Write clearly, coherently and accurately, adapting their language and style for a range of purposeful contexts and audiences.
- Use discussion in order to learn; our children should be able to both listen attentively and clearly explain their thinking and ideas to others.
Reading is a fundamental part of everything we do at Village Primary School. All staff endeavour to nurture a love of reading; our aim is to provide all children with the tools they need to foster a love of reading, whatever their literary experience or knowledge. We believe that reading for pleasure should be a fundamental part of childhood and lifelong learning whatever the child’s ability, background or culture. We use a wide variety of picture, story and reference books, specifically selected to engage our pupils. At all times when reading, we encourage children to think about and discuss what they have read. Once they have reached a good level of competence, this is used to help them with their learning in other areas of the curriculum. This in turn will make a huge contribution to their educational achievement.
We have a reading spine of books and stories that we focus on in each year group and this forms the basis of our extended reading curriculum.
The development of Reading is supported by our own school graded reading scheme which uses resources from a variety of published materials including:
- Oxford Reading Tree
- Floppy’s Phonics
- Big Cat Phonics
- Rigby Star
- Project X
- Dandelion readers
- Read Write Inc
- Literature by familiar and unfamiliar authors
Early Reading Development
Reading is fundamental in order to access the rest of the curriculum. Children’s reading journey beings in the Early Years Foundation Stage and is at the heart of the curriculum. In Reception, children will receive their first reading books. One of these will be matched to the sounds they are learning in Phonics and another will be a book to enjoy encouraging reading for pleasure. Books are organised into baskets relating to the sounds taught in each phonics phase.
In Early Years and KS1 we have devised our own teaching programme which follows the structure of Letters and Sounds Programme but is supplemented and supported with a range of teaching materials from Jolly Phonics, Phonics Play, Espresso Phonics, CGP books and Big Cat Phonics.
Phonics teaching is systematic and rigorous and is taught every day in EYFS, KS1 and KS2 where needed.
Teacher’s will keep an ongoing record of the sounds words the children have learnt on a weekly basis. This assessment is carried out in a way which is appropriate for the age of the children. Children in EYFS will be assessed in a practical way and staff will record the sounds they know.
Year 1 – formal assessment termly. Children will be assessed on their ability to read words containing the sounds they have learnt, for example the sound ‘ai’ in the words ‘rain’.
Autumn 1 (end of September)
Autumn 2 (December)
Spring 1 (February)
Spring 2 (April)
Summer 1 (Phonics screen)
At Village Primary School, we follow two key models in the teaching of reading – guided and John Murray Reading Explorers. Reading Explorers is a guided skills-based programme which aims to develop key reading & study skills. It encourages children to access, interpret and understand what they are reading.
Talk for Writing is multi-sensory and interactive teaching that enables children of all ages and abilities to learn to write a wide range of story/text types using various methods including:
- listening to and learning texts and stories;
- taking part in drama and role-play;
- drawing and story mapping;
- collecting words and language strategies
- building their working knowledge of grammar.
Talk for Writing is an innovative approach to teaching writing developed by the literacy specialist and writer Pie Corbett. It uses high quality model texts to introduce the children to different story/text types which they then learn off by heart and scrutinise with a writer’s critical eye.
Talk for Writing works with any genre of writing and each term children will work with a fiction (story) and non-fiction (instructions, diary, explanation etc) text linked to their current topic. They learn the underlying structures and the process of planning using story maps. They also learn about the key strategies for creating interesting characters and settings and how to use a range of sentence types to create different effects including suspense or adventure. Children will share poetry linked to their topics on a regular basis.
At Village Primary School, we have lots of online learning platforms for the children to access for English. Please click on the pictures to access them.
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For more home learning resources click on the button.
Below is one of our special virtual libraries that helps us promote a love of reading. Each book clover takes you to the story, or an extract, being read. Click on one and try!