Each year group covers both fiction and non-fiction genre. Each term they will cover a fiction genre, a non-fiction genre, working from a text and exploring how writing is formed and constructed. Poetry is taught throughout each unit and explicitly every two terms. Below is a link to the overview of the genre that each year group will cover in each term.
English at the heart of the National Curriculum and at Fair Furlong Primary School we aim to inspire enthusiasm for reading and writing and maximise opportunities to develop children’s literacy skills. We endeavour for our children to leave our school fully equipped with the speaking, listening, reading and writing tools they will need for the wider world. During Literacy lessons children are taught important and valuable skills that will help them communicate effectively with others and unlock different subjects within the curriculum.
Staff and children at Fair Furlong Primary School practise, use and teach the cursive handwriting script. We use this because research shows that there is a direct relationship between the quality of a person’s handwriting and the quality of their written text. It also allows more fluency when writing, allowing children to write their ideas coherently while being able to think about their next sentences. Also, children who have dyslexia or dyslexic tendencies and who find spelling difficult can often find a joined cursive script more accessible. In Nursery and Reception the children will learn pre cursive writing – where they have a ‘lead in’ and a ‘lead out’ for each letter. Each lead in, and each letter starts on the line. This then allows the children to progress into joined handwriting. As the children progress to joined handwriting, they’re challenged never to take their pen off the page when writing one word!
At Fair Furlong children have a Literacy lesson each day. During these lessons children are taught to write for a range of audiences and purposes. We use our own Fair Furlong texts as a stimulus and follow the Talk for Writing Scheme. The children are taught and then learn key rules for spelling, grammar and punctuation each day, this helps them to communicate their ideas in a coherent manner. The children are taught to plan, write then edit their work and improve it over several drafts. The children’s writing is celebrated each week when one child is nominated for the writer of the week award. Staff then vote for the winner and they receive a trophy to be displayed with pride in their classroom. All of the nominations, along with the wining piece, are displayed in the school hall.
Each term children are given new spelling lists. They are tested on these lists every Monday and have time to practise in class. The children learn a different spelling rule each week. When the children achieve full marks in three tests, they are issued a spelling badge. The spelling badges are named after the names of British towns and cities.
During Literacy lessons, children are taught the key skills of reading including decoding and comprehension. Most of this happens during Guided Reading where small groups of children work with a class teacher and teaching assistant to develop their inference skills. Children are introduced to a wide range of texts such as poetry, stories and non-fiction texts. To allow the children to develop their reading skills at home, our children are encouraged to read at home at least four times a week. The children are also nominated for reader of the week, where the chosen child receives a certificate in assembly. There are also prizes each term for children who have read at least four times each week. The children from Nursery to Year Six take home books every evening that are chosen from the classroom. The children’s love of reading is boosted by events such as World Book Day and visits by authors. Our school library is regularly used by adults and children to support the children’s learning and provide them with the opportunity to share these books home.
Author of the Term
Each term we celebrate different authors. We read books written by that author and learn more about their lives and experiences. In term 1 our author was Roald Dahl. Each class read one of his books and all the children loved finding out what happened to different characters in different stories. The purpose of author of the term is for children to deepen their knowledge and authors and experience books they would not usually choose!
Phonics is taught daily in Nursery, Reception, Year 1. At the end of Year 1 all children are tested on their ability to blend and segment words and recognise pseudo (pretend) words. The children who do not pass the phonics test still receive daily phonics support in Year 2 and key stage two literacy lessons.
There is a great website to use to support your children learning phonics. Follow the link below and visit the parents section.
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Each year we celebrate Book Week. During this time we hold an event called Bed Time Reading where children come to school in the evening, wearing their pyjamas. The classrooms are decorated with blankets and books and we read stories together. We also have a dressing up day and visits from authors.
Every Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon parents and family members are invited into the classrooms to read with their children.
http://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/ - this link takes you to a great resource which aids Early Years Phonics and Reading Skills. Have a go with your child - it's great fun!
READING CRIB SHEET
You read, I read
Why not read one page to your child, and then ask them to read the next page?! Or you read the book once, then they read it!
Reading material comes in many different shapes and sizes. Magazines, newspapers, recipes and comic books all provide opportunities for reading practice. This could also include playing board games that involve reading instructions!
Keep it fun, for everyone
As you read with your children, keep them involved by asking questions about the story. Or ask them to draw pictures of what they have read.
Visit the local library together on a regular basis, and enjoy spending time choosing new books.
Keep or swap!
If your child reads the same book over and over again, keep it as a special book they get to read after reading a few pages of their school reading book. Encourage your children and their friends to swap books with each other. This will encourage them to talk and think about the books they are reading.
What time is it?
Regardless of how motivated your child is, he or she will not read if there isn't any time to do so. Carve time out of the busy day and dedicate it to reading, both together and on your own.
I want that one!
Reading can sometimes be a choice. Make sure there are a variety of books, magazines, and other materials available for your child to choose from. Let your child's interests guide his or her reading choices. You could always use these as a reward after reading their school book.
Look at what I did!
A chart that marks the number of books or pages a child has read. Once the goal has been reached, reward your child! It doesn't have to be anything elaborate – it could be time on the iPad or an opportunity to make something small as a craft activity.