At Abingdon Primary School, we believe that literacy and communication are key life skills and that it is our role, through the English curriculum, to help children develop the skills and knowledge that will enable them to communicate effectively and creatively through spoken and written language.
Children have English lessons, which cover reading, writing, GPS (Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling) and speaking and listening.
Through a love of reading that is embedded within our school, we strive to help children to enjoy and appreciate literature. Using ‘The Power of Reading’ approach as our basis for literacy lessons helps to develop a positive reading culture. Children are engaged in books and are encouraged to question, predict and summarise their findings as well as take part in a number of creative activities linked to class texts.
In Key Stage One, daily phonics sessions are taught through the Letters and Sounds. Phonics is all about the sounds of our alphabet and how these are written and read.
Across Key Stage One and Two, pupils take part in daily reading skills lessons which are based on the reciprocal reading model and focus on teaching specific higher order reading skills. We use a variety of reading schemes that match a colour band system, together with quality texts at an age appropriate level linked to topic work. Independent work is differentiated to match children’s needs, including those with SEND and EAL.
Phonics is taught in bespoke whole class and small group sessions from FS1 through to Year 2 . Children in Key Stage 2 also take part in a Phonics intervention program as needed. Our phonics teaching and learning is based upon the DFE ’Letters and Sounds Program’ . Teachers plan lessons based upon the teaching order of this program and supplement their teaching with resources and activities from Phonics Play and Pearson’s Bug Club. All planning is bespoke to the needs of the learners at that time and sounds and spelling patterns are revisited as necessary following formative assessment. Phonics Bug Club resources can be accessed by the children at home and at school. The class teacher allocates books and activities to individual and groups of children based upon the level which each child is working at.
ERIC (Everyone Reading In Class)
This happens daily across school for 15 minutes at the start of every afternoon. The focus is on reading for enjoyment through building reading stamina, deepening comprehension and reading a wide range of genres. The teacher’s role during ERIC time is to listen to individual readers, ensure children are reading full books and check that children are understanding what they are reading.
Children take home colour banded reading books to share with parents and carers. This reading practice at home is essential for developing their love of books as well as their reading fluency.
Frequent reading practice is important for all children. It is essential that all children read at home and return their reading records and books to school to be signed by the class teacher.
Through exciting topics pupils are given opportunities to utilise their writing in creative ways. Children are encouraged to write for a purpose and with meaning.
‘Talk for Writing’ and the creativity of ‘The Power of Reading’ have inspired our children to complete excellent pieces of work. We use actions, story maps, role play and whole group reading to help children generate ideas for their own writing.
As a school we have developed an excellent ethos around polishing and improving work and children follow marking codes to up level their writing.
Our medium term plans ensure a wide range of genres are taught as well as ensuring opportunities for children to apply the taught grammar and punctuation. We use the Alan Peat sentence types to teach a range of sentence structures for writing.
GPS stands for ‘Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling’. Pupils have lessons dedicated to the teaching of GPS and are taught how to apply the rules learned to their extended writing.
We have a particular focus on the teaching and learning of spelling. We follow the Read Write Inc spelling programme from Year 2 through to Year 6. This programme uses a range of engaging and interactive resources to make spelling lessons interesting for our pupils. Word Blaze, Word Wasp and Song of Sounds are programmes we use to support children with additional spelling needs.
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