At Collierley Nursery and Primary School we aim for all children to develop a love of reading and to be taught the essential literacy and communication. Whole class books are the focus for English lessons which inspire children to develop confidence, innovation and creativity in their use of spoken and written language. All children will work with a variety of authors across their time in our school.
Reading for pleasure is a cornerstone of our approach, with a well-stocked and well organised school library which children access. Accelerated Reader is used for children’s independent reading and children challenge themselves to attain 85% on their reading quizzes.
Once children have a zpd of above 8 they select books from the FREE reading section – these books are not listed on AR, but are books that inspire a continuous love of reading at an age appropriate level.
Alongside the skills of decoding and comprehension children engage in book talk which encourages children to think as a reader and discuss their preferences, likes and dislikes.
Across the school all children engage in daily English lessons from 15 – 20 mins phonic lessons in nursery to 60 minute+ lessons in key stage two.
Children have handwriting sessions four times a week to develop a fluent and cursive handwriting style.
Within Early Years and until the end of Year Two, all children have daily phonic lessons.
Spelling is taught discretely across the school.
Within key stage two children have weekly spelling tests on words from the statutory spelling lists and those which apply the learned spelling rules.
Children are taught the skills of discussion from early years onwards and debate from year two onwards. The skills of debating are utilised across the whole curriculum.
Children are taught new vocabulary each day and classrooms display this vocabulary which children are encouraged to use in the written and spoken form.
Reading is the starting point for the teaching of all aspects of English and children are exposed to a wide variety of text which they would not normally read.
Children are taught to write for four purposes: writing to entertain, writing to discuss, writing to persuade and writing to inform. 50% of the writing focus will be on writing to entertain with a balance of the other three areas covering the other 50% of the time.
Across the week children are taught skills in reading and grammar which they will be able to apply in their weekly piece of extended writing.
CLPE planning provides a starting point for the planning of English lesson, but when used is adjusted to meet the needs of the children.
Within key stage one and two all children read independently for at least 30 minutes a day (in KS1 this may be in two sessions of 15 minutes each).
The children will apply the skills taught in English lessons across the whole curriculum. Children’s spoken language and understanding of vocabulary will be constantly improving.
The % of children moving towards meeting the expected level in reading, writing and SPaG at the end of year two will be improving from their key stage one attainment.
The English Subject Lead will complete weekly monitoring of the subject which will involve:
- Monitoring of reading through Accelerated Reader and address any gaps where children are not making progress, reading at the appropriate level or for enough time.
- Pupils books for progress in handwriting, spelling and extended writing.
- Reporting to the whole school on AR successes including word count and awarding of certificates.