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Literacy

Literacy

 

We are very proud of obtaining the Basic Skills Mark Award which signifies our commitment as a whole school to ensuring that our children make excellent progress in reading and writing. We work hard during the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 to ensure that phonics skills are well embedded to underpin reading and writing. We offer a range of activities during daily reading session and beyond to ensure that our children read both for pleasure and for information. Older children are paired with younger children during Paired Class Reading each half term, and more regularly through our Reading Buddy system which supports our younger children in making good progress. Book of The Month has proved exceedingly popular with Key Stage 2 children, and our half termly Book Runs ensure that reading is exciting. Both our Independent Learning Area (ILA)and classroom book corners have a range of books for children to take home.

 

Teachers work hard to plan stimulating Literacy lessons using ICT, outdoor learning, visual stimuli, exciting texts, partner and group work so that children are motivated to write. Literacy lessons are fully integrated within Discovery Lessons (topic) so that all learning opportunities are used to embed literacy skills and ensure that learning is exciting. We respond thoroughly to children's writing in our marking to ensure that they know exactly what they have achieved and what their next steps are. Emphasis is placed on technical aspects of writing such as handwriting, grammar and punctuation as well as the overall effect and purpose.

 

Grammar, punctuation, vocabulary and spelling are taught as separate lessons and applied to children’s writing at every opportunity. Each child has a Star Writer Mat which contains their personal writing targets for them to refer to whenever they write.

 

Key Stage 1 Phonics Scheme

We currently use the Phonics Play website, using the planning format for phases 1-5.

 

Key Stage 1 Reading Scheme

We have a selection of schemes to choose from:

Oxford Reading Tree

ORT Project X

Rigby Star banded books.

 

'l particularly like bug club because it gives you so many opportunities for books that you eventually find one you like! Adventure and fantasy books to name a few, exciting twists and turns also the most magical thing is putting it back on the shelf when you've finished. Authors of the term are good because usually you have never heard of them. They allow you to discover new stories! I love writing fiction because it sets my imagination free. I always like discovering new words and their meaning, even if i don't like what l am writing about l will try my best.' Kristina (Year 5)

 

'We do stories about a lot of different things such as fantasy stories, recounts about our trips, instructions, realistic, fiction, non-fiction and unrealistic. We learn different ways of gathering our ideas such as drama working, partner working, purple pen questions, dictionary and thesaurus, reading books because they help you with spellings and vocabulary, Star Writer Mats help us because our targets help us to improve our writing and show us what to do. For reading we do reading for enjoyment and we have Author of the Term and Book of the Month, so we can read a wider range of books. We have reading that helps get onto higher reading levels and improves what we understand.  (Year 6)

 

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 1

Writing Skills
Toy Story/Let's Celebrate!
Eg, Lists, Invitations, Recounts 

Descriptions

Entertain
Fly Me to the Moon

Fantasy

Entertain
Our World

Fairy Tales
Traditional tales

Recount
Flower Power

Letter
Fictional event

Inform

Animal Antics
Report
Leaflet

Year 2

Inform
What a Wonderful World!
Instructions

Inform
Frozen 
Non chronological reports

Letters

Recount
Fire Fire!

Diaries

An Event

Entertain
Huff and Puff

Traditional narrative

Recount

Who Lives Here?

From perspectives of an animal

Letters/Diaries 

Entertain
From a Tiny Seed
Adventure stories/ Poetry

Year 3

Entertain

Meet the Flintstones
Fairy Tales/Poetry

Inform

Let there be Light
Instructions Report

Recount

Argentina to Alaska
Diary/Letter

Entertain

A Walk in the Park
Adventure stories

Inform

Tomb Raiders
Newspaper/Letter

Persuade

Let the Fun Begin
Advert/Letter

Year 4

Entertain
Groovy Greeks

Myths and Legends
Poetry

Inform

Perilous Planet

Earth
Explanation Report

Recount
Monarchy
Letter
Historical event
Newspapers

Entertain
Rotten Romans
Playscripts

Stories with Historical Settings

Inform
Good Vibrations
Newspaper/Instructions

Persuade

The Really Wild Show
Leaflet/Advert
Poster

Year 5

Inform
River Deep

Mountain High

Explanation Report

Entertain
Mayan Mysteries
Fantasy Fiction Poetry

Inform
May the Force be With You
Newspaper Report

Persuade
Keep Calm and Carry On
Leaflet/Advert/Poster

Entertain

Mysteries of WWII

Mystery Stories/Poetry

Recount
To Infinity and Beyond

Recount

Blog/Diary

Year 6

Smashing Saxons
Recount

Poem - Figurative Language/Story

Up, Up and Away
Recount
Informal Letter
Diary

Who Do You Think You Are?
Biography
Non-Chronological Report

Can I Have Some More Please?
Story/Biography/
Diary

Europe
Newspaper

Persuade

 

Blue text shows examples of the types of writing that may be produced

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