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Writing

Early Reading and Phonics

  • We follow the  ‘Letters and Sounds’ progression alongside our own high quality resources and lesson plans. 
  • Children in EYFS and Year 1 are taught a daily phonics lesson to allow opportunities for reading, spelling and writing.
  • Extra lessons, precision teaching and interventions are provided for children who require further support to learn new sounds.
  • Children’s reading books are carefully aligned to their phonics stage so that they can practise reading words with the sounds they already know.

KS1 Guided Reading

  • Children are taught as a whole class to ensure all children are exposed to a wide range of high quality texts.
  • A  reading lesson takes place with the teacher four times a week.
  • Children read to an adult weekly using texts that are closely matched to children’s reading level and build progressively
  • When answering questions about our reading we make links to the skills needed to answer questions. We use the acronym VIPERS which stands for Vocabulary, Infer, Predict, Explain, Retrieve and Sequence. 
  • Reading for pleasure opportunities are available daily. Children can access their own books, books from the library and books from their classroom. 

KS2 Guided Reading

  • Children are taught as a daily reading lesson as a whole class, based on a short text or extract
  • Increased focus on explicit teaching of comprehension
  • When answering questions about our reading we make links to the skills needed to answer questions. We use the acronym VIPERS which stands for Vocabulary, Infer, Predict, Explain, Retrieve and Summarise.
  • Opportunities for teachers to explicitly model reading skills and for children to learn alongside their peers
  • Links to high quality texts used in writing lessons
  • Strong focus on inclusion, with separate intervention on decoding and fluency where necessary
  • Skills progression maps support consistently high expectations for children’s reading skills
  • Reading for pleasure opportunities are available daily. Children can access their own books, books from the library and books from their classroom. 

Reading Books:

  • Children’s reading is also supported through the use of a leveled system of reading books.
  • Teachers decide when to move children through the coloured book bands based on their progress with a wide range of reading skills, including decoding, fluency, expression and comprehension.
  • They are still welcome to choose books from our library to read for pleasure in addition to their leveled reading book.
  • Their teacher can still guide them in making appropriately challenging choices.

Writing

  • English lessons are planned in sequences (generally 3 weeks long).
  • Most units of work are based on The Literary Curriculum from the Literacy Tree which is a thematic approach to English. Children experience quality texts, significant authors and a wide range of themes and genres.
  • Grammar and punctuation skills are taught within lessons, and then applied in purposeful and engaging short writing opportunities, building towards a final piece where new and existing skills can be showcased.
  • Units have been selected to complement the school’s curriculum topics where possible and to ensure coverage of the full range of writing composition, grammar, punctuation and vocabulary objectives for each year group.
  • Skills progression maps support consistently high expectations for children’s writing skills

Spelling

  • From Year 1, children are set a weekly list of spellings from an overview which ensures coverage of all the high-frequency words, spelling rules and patterns outlined in the national curriculum.
  • These words are introduced in class, with regular opportunities to practise and apply them in written work.
  • Children are asked to practise them at home for a short spelling test which helps their teacher to understand how well they have been learnt and where further teaching and support is required.

Whitchurch Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.

For more information please see the Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy in the policies section of our website.

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