At Claverley, we believe that literacy and communication are key life skills. We strive to give children the necessary tools to be able to communicate effectively and creatively through spoken and written language and to equip them with the skills to become lifelong learners. We aim to encourage children to develop a love of reading by using quality texts and topics which inspire and excite young readers and writers.
The English curriculum is delivered using the National Curriculum English Document (2014). The Early Learning Goals are followed to ensure continuity and progression from the Early Years Foundation stage through to the National Curriculum. The children are taught through a range of methods and including paired, group and individual work.
Reading is an important part of the English curriculum in our School. Reading books are organized on a book banding system ensuring the children read books appropriate to their level. We mainly use books from the Oxford Reading Tree range and other good quality texts.
Parents are given the opportunity to liaise with teachers through a reading record book. This records when the children have been listened to in School by a member of staff or a volunteer and at home, and any issues or positives there may be.
Shared reading takes place within English lessons to provide enriching experiences through more challenging texts. Teachers also share stories with the class displaying an enthusiasm for reading and setting a positive example as a reader.
Phonics is taught daily in Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage One following the framework ‘Letters and Sounds’. This involves a 20 minute daily session of planned systematic phonics’ delivery, with a wide opportunity for application of skills through the environment and other lessons.
As part of the Literacy curriculum each child takes part in guided reading sessions. These sessions are led by the class teacher and allow the children to develop their reading and comprehension skills.
‘We Love Reading…’
We had a very successful reading day and workshop where the aim was to inspire our children to read more, for pleasure and encourage them to read stores from different authors. See below for the information given out.
Shared and modelled writing, takes place within English lessons. This allows the teacher to demonstrate good writing practice to the children while using their ideas. Teachers ensure that the writing demonstrated shows high expectations and covers the success criteria they would expect to see in the children’s writing.
Children are expected to write frequently in a range of forms. This may be responses to a text, filling in text feature grids, short writing tasks such as writing as a character or writing a whole story or report as an extended piece of writing.
In the new English curriculum, grammar, punctuation and spelling play a key role in the children’s writing. The children have time to be taught spelling and grammar rules and are also given focused spelling or grammar tasks to practise. These skills are referred to during English lessons and children are encouraged to integrate their grammar and spelling learning within their writing.
We try and make exciting links between the topics in each year group and the texts that they are focusing on in their literacy lessons where we can.