English

Writing

Our writing is based around the use of high quality texts which are used to expose the children to a wealth of new vocabulary and teach the children a range of grammatical features, sentence constructions and punctuation which will allow them to become skilled writers. Where possible, texts are linked to topic learning to provide context for their writing.  Units are usually structured following Babcock’s ‘No Nonsense Literacy’ approach which offers a high level of scaffolding during the writing experience and builds towards independence.  The approach consists of three parts:

  • Immersion in the text – During this stage of the writing unit, the children will explore and analyse a highly quality text as a reader This allows them to opportunity to learn and try out new vocabulary and investigate features the writer has used to engage them.
  • Practising writing – During this stage, the children will try out different elements of the writing so they can build their confidence and experience when writing independently. The children will be able to play around with new language and different structures while being guided by their teacher.
  • Independent writing – During the final stage, children will collect their own ideas and will plan and organise their own piece of writing. After writing their text the children will proof-read and edit their text. The teachers will then use this piece of writing to assess progress.

We also ensure pupils have the opportunity to write freely and independently with limited support. Each half term, the children have an opportunity to write their own choice of text in a child-led unit.

Reading

Reading VIPERS is our way of supporting children with their reading comprehension skills. VIPERS is an acronym for the six key reading skills children need to master to become successful readers (vocabulary, infer, predict, explain, retrieve and summarise). All children will be working on VIPERS during guided reading throughout the week. Children are also given the opportunity to read for pleasure and share books daily to foster a love of reading.

We also use the Accelerated Reader Programme to support children in becoming independent readers. We use an online reading test at the start of each term to determine the children's level of comprehension. They are allocated a range of books that they can understand and enjoy. At the end of each book the children carry out a short online quiz that checks their understanding and awards them points.

As they get the quizzes right and score more points they move to more complex books.  Quizzes are now available to take at home via the link below, which can also be found in the useful links section of our website.

https://ukhosted67.renlearn.co.uk/2236322/

Spelling, Grammar and Handwriting

As well as during their main Literacy sessions, children will also have other sessions on spelling, grammar and handwriting. Spellings for the current half term can be found in your child’s homework book. Children will also be able to access their spellings on Spelling Shed to practise using a fun and simple online game. There is a spelling test each Friday.