Spelling is taught discretely throughout the school. This is done through Read, Write Inc., and also through reference to the National Curriculum programme of study. Spelling tests are given weekly and may be differentiated. The tests consist of words or word patterns which have been taught, high frequency words and common exception words from the National Curriculum and may also be appropriate new words to assist learning e.g. scientific or geographical language.
Vocabulary, Grammar & Punctuation
The National Curriculum programme of study for Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation is taught discretely across the school. Children then practice their skills using an online tool called Spag.com, which they can access during school on I-pads or at home as part of home learning. The programme also enables the teacher to assess children’s understanding.
In English books, teachers highlight any misspelt words the children need to focus on. These words are then recorded correctly in their individual vocabulary books. This method maintains a running record, which they can reflect on throughout the year.
Handwriting is vitally important and one of the main focuses in our school. We aim to teach our children the importance of presentation and taking pride in the work they produce. The children must use their handwriting skills in all subjects. We follow the Penpals writing scheme, which develops cursive handwriting. This is consistently instilled right across every year group.
The Big Read
This year, we have developed a reading programme entitled the Big Read. We teach Big Read lessons every day to encourage a fully immersive passion for reading. It has been created in order to focus on developing and broadening children’s vocabulary, which will be reflected in their speech and written work. It also aims to develop children’s understanding of a variety of texts, through teacher led class discussions. Teachers also model comprehension skills, leading to children answering weekly comprehension questions. This programme is aimed to teach children reading through a variety of skills.
Power of Reading
The Power of Reading is a resource which offers high quality, appropriate texts as a vehicle for writing and reading across all genres. They captivate children’s imagination, through drama, art and discussion to strengthen their writing skills and foster the love of writing. Writing is modelled by the teacher and the use of English Working Walls help children understand the process of successful writing.