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Literacy

At New Chapter Primary School we encourage all pupils to develop a love of reading and writing.

Writing

Our English curriculum is closely linked to our creative curriculum topic which enables all writing to have a purpose. An example of this is year 5’s ‘Fitness for Life’ topic. In their literacy lessons, the children are taught how to persuade, with the outcome being to write a persuasive letter to their parents on why they should keep fit. We use the three stages of Talk for Writing as a structure for our literacy lessons. The structure also ties in with the composition literacy strand in the National Curriculum.

Using the National Curriculum, we have mapped out our own half term core skills of progression in spelling, grammar, punctuation and handwriting. This ensures that all aspects of the curriculum are covered and ensures progression year on year. These are taught discretely and applied in literacy lessons.

Reading

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We use a range of quality books by a variety of authors to immerse the children in the magic of stories and the fascination of information books. These books are mapped out in our whole school reading curriculum map. We teach reading skills through 1:1 reading, small guided group teaching and whole class teaching. Intervention programmes such as Rapid Read, Inference Training and Better Readers provide struggling readers with the extra help they need to get back on track. To support parents reading with their child at home, please visit the eSchools page where there is a document titled ‘Reading at home with your child.’ This document offers useful tips, questions to support with reading and FAQs.

At New Chapter, we follow Read Write Inc Phonics. Children in EYFS and KS1 have a daily half hour phonics lesson (in addition to whole class reading and writing lessons) where they are grouped according to stage not age. Phonics interventions are also provided for any children who are not secure on their phonics. To support parents with this, we have produced videos for each the initial sounds. These can be found on eSchools.

In Key Stage One, children use books from the Oxford Reading Tree and Collins Reading Scheme. These have been matched in accordance to the objectives in the National Curriculum. Teachers use the school’s assessment guidelines to assess the stage that each child needs to start on. These assessments are ongoing to ensure children move up to the next stage when ready. In Key Stage Two, when the child is ready, children can choose ‘free read’ books from the school’s reading room with the support of the class teacher. To help with the assessment of word reading in Key Stage Two, teachers still use the Oxford Reading Tree and Collins Reading Scheme: this helps to identify what age level the child is at reading. These age expectation book are available in the reading room for children to read.

Year Term 1a Term 1b Term 2a Term 2b Term 3a Term 3b
1 Book Band Red Book Band Yellow Book Band Blue Book Band Green Book Band Orange Book Band Orange/Turquoise
2 Book Band Turquoise Book Band Purple Book Band Gold Book Band White Book Band Lime/free reader Book Band Free Reader
3 Oxford brown number 8 book Oxford brown number 9 book Oxford brown number 10 book Collins copper book Oxford brown number 11 book Collins topaz book
4 Collins topaz book Oxford brown number 12 book Oxford brown number 13 book Oxford grey number 14 book Oxford grey number 14 book Collins ruby book
5 Collins ruby book Oxford dark blue number 15 book Oxford dark blue number 15 book Collins emerald book Oxford bark blue number 16 book Collins sapphire book
6 Collins sapphire book Oxford dark blue number 17 book Oxford dark blue number 18 book Collins diamond book Oxford dark red number 19/20 book Collins pearl book

 

We also spent a considerable amount of money a few years ago on redesigning and purchasing new books for the library, which we renamed the Reading Room. The Reading Room is now located at the heart of our school and is used by children regularly.

Celebrating literacy

lit20172Throughout the school year we also organise events to promote Literacy. For example, ‘World Book Day’ where children and staff dress up as their favourite book characters to promote engagement, enjoyment and discusion. Each class often takes a theme. This theme is explored in detail and writing opportunities and links to the wider curriculum arise from it. We also regularly enter into the Young Writer’s Award competitions. Each year we also take part in Milton Keynes Summer Holiday Reading challenge. For children that take part, a winner is chosen at random where they receive a Waterstone’s book voucher. We also have author visits. For example we have had the author Luke Temple in our school to engage children in a love of reading and writing. More recently UKS2 met with Cressida Cowell to hear about the release of her new book ‘The Wizards of Once.’

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