English

Our Reading Curriculum

Our Reading Curriculum

The development of reading fluency is the main priority in EYFS and KS1. Research suggests reluctant readers are those who are pushed through reading while not being fluent. Our approach to early reading is to ensure fluency is developed from an early age. All staff have received support and training in developing children to become more fluent readers.  In KS1, children read in groups and not as a whole class, however they still follow the school's reading cycle. Children who need extra support with reading have 1 to 1 reading lessons in the afternoon.

Children read books that match their phonic ability in KS1 and in some instances in KS2. Our school uses the Collins Big Cat Book Scheme which also supports our synthetic phonics programme and the manner in which we teach phonics. 

The teaching of comprehension is timetabled throughout the school and taught routinely on a weekly basis, the teaching of comprehension in daily lessons takes a sharper focus in Year 3 onwards when children are reading fluently. Whole class reading is based around a quality text in KS2 and our children are exposed to wide range of genres. 

All classes visit the library each term. Teachers talk about children's books and children can talk about books to their peers, as we are firm believers in 'Book Talk' and the teacher as the reading model.   Books chosen for the end of the day read and for class libraries have been made to reflect the demographic of our school and to further develop the aspirations and understanding about the circumstances of other children's lives.

Reading Books

We use Collins Big Cat books in EYFS and KS1, in order to support every child with their reading journey to develop a strong phonic knowledge and a love of reading. As they progress through each phonic phase, children will become fluent readers through high-quality fiction and non-fiction banded books. Each fully decodable book is aligned to each child's phonics ability to ensure all pupils in EYFS and KS1 move from decoding words to reading fluently. Each pupil's reading journey is tracked to ensure systematic progression for each pupil by their class teacher.

Daily reading of current texts that come from a range of genres are shared with the children to foster a love of literature and enhance a love of reading for pleasure. Book talk is an essential part of our daily reading lessons in school. Children's comprehension skills are developed once they are competent readers.

  

How to help your child with reading

We are a Write Stuff School

As a school, we have adopted "The Write Stuff"- an approach to the teaching of writing developed by Jane Constantine which brings clarity to  the mechanics of writing.  "The Write Stuff" follows a method called "Sentence Stacking" whereby children are taught to effectively write sentences that are stacked together chronologically and organised as paragraphs.  Teaching aims to engage children with short, intensive moments of learning that they can then immediately apply to their own writing.

National Curriculum Framework - English Keystage 1 & 2

Writing Overview

Handwriting - Kinetic Letters

Kinetic letters is a unique handwriting programme that believes good, fast and fluent handwriting underpins success in every curriculum area. It is based on a physical programme where children learn handwriting and letter formation through movement and multisensory experiences, developing core body strength.

Learning letters by movement helps writing and concentration and also makes handwriting automatic, freeing up space in the working memory for other learning.

The Kinetic Letters programme uses four main threads: 

  • Making bodies stronger

  • Learning the letters

  • Holding the pencil

  • Flow and fluency

It enables children to develop legible handwriting that is produced quickly and automatically. With the development of automaticity, handwriting becomes a valuable tool and not a hindrance to learning.

Every class in the school takes part in a Kinetic Letters lesson everyday which focuses on letter formation and then body strength and pencil grip are continuously reinforced throughout the school day in every lesson.

  • Each letter family is introduced to the children through a story about two monkeys called Bounce and Skip. 

  • Bounce is a brave monkey and helps write the tall letters whilst Skip is a scared monkey and helps write the other letters. 

  • Children are taught all of the Kinetic Letter families, upper case letter formation and number formation: