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EYFS (communication, language and literacy)

Children are encouraged to extend their vocabulary and fluency by talking and listening, by hearing and responding to stories, songs and rhymes. Children are helped to understand that written symbols carry meaning, to be aware of the purposes of writing and to use drawn and written symbols for themselves and, when ready, begin to read and write words and sentences. A well-stocked book corner gives every child the opportunity and encouragement to become familiar with books, to be able to handle them and be aware of their uses.

Aims

• To understand the importance of audience and purpose
• To develop strategies to communicate effectively through the written word
• To recognise that drafting and redrafting is an essential part of the writing process
• To develop powers of imagination and inventiveness through writing

Text based approach

We adopt a text based approach to the teaching of English. This means pupils have the opportunity to connect with high quality, age-appropriate texts which hook pupils in, increases engagement and enjoyment in all areas of the English curriculum. By using this approach, all aspects of the English curriculum are taught through the text. Adopting a text based approach allows children to gain a deeper understanding of the text as a whole as well as deepening the understanding and critique of authors’ use of vocabulary and grammar.

Text Selection

In order to ensure the pupils are fully engaged and interested we have a specially selected list of high-quality texts for each year group (see yearly high-quality text lists). These texts offer exposure to a broad and rich vocabulary, introduces children to a range of new and exciting authors, contexts and themes of writing. All of this ensures we purposefully create engaging reasons, motivations and audiences for writing.

Planning

During the planning stage, teachers consider the scaffolding and varied approaches needed for the children to become fully immersed in the text and gain a deep, embedded understanding.
Once staff have read the text, teachers will map out ideas, themes and text ideas. Teachers will then decide on a final outcome and map an ‘S’ plan style learning journey (see appendix 1). The ‘S’ plan ensures that all learning is supportive of the final planned outcome. Along the journey, appropriate time will be spent developing vocabulary and grammar whilst also immersing the child into the text. Along the ‘S’ plan journey the teacher will include multiple writing opportunities which will include editing and redrafting.

Editing and redrafting

We know that effective writers need strong editing and proof reading skills so children are taught the need to edit and proofread their writing fromKS1. This begins with evaluating their writing with the teacher and others and proofreading their work for sense and proposing changes to grammar and vocabulary. Children are also taught to proofread their work for spelling and punctuation errors – any changes to children’s own writing is made in green pen. Children continue this journey throughout KS2 by developing their understanding of the need, as a writer, to continuously reflect on writing making edits as appropriate to their year group and begin to redraft their work for publishing.

Aims

  • To create a reading culture that promotes a life-long love and enjoyment of books
  • To read with confidence, fluency and understanding
  • To use a full range of reading cues (phonic, graphic, syntactic and contextual) to monitor their reading and correct their mistakes
  • To help children become critical readers to give them greater understanding of the wider world

Every classroom is expected to have a dedicated ‘Book Corner’. This area should be made as attractive and inviting as possible with books appropriately organised.

‘Book Week’ takes place on a yearly basis to help promote a love of reading. Children take place in a wide range of activities during ‘Book Week’ such as ‘Dress up as your favourite book character’ day, special assemblies, bedtime stories, etc.

Reading in KS1

Children receive daily Read Write Inc. lessons. This is done in vertically streamed classes throughout the school. Due to Covid 19 restrictions, Read Write Inc lessons are now being taught in year bubbles. Pupils will have weekly 1-1 reads with their teacher which is recorded on their reading record. Each child will have reading targets that they will work towards in order to improve their reading.

Reading in KS2

Pupils in KS2 receive daily shared reading lessons which are focused around DERIC (decode, explain, retrieve, infer and choice) learning objectives. The books used in shared reading are chosen from the high quality text list. English lessons will also have reading specific learning objectives as part of the ‘S’ plan learning journey (see planning section). Read Write Inc. lessons are taught for lower attaining children. This is done in vertically streamed classes throughout the school. Due to Covid 19 restrictions, Read Write Inc. lessons are now being taught in year bubbles. Pupils will have weekly 1-1 reads with their teacher which is recorded on their reading record. Each child will have reading targets that they will work towards in order to improve their reading.

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