English

English Leader: Miss Harvey 

Reading: 

Daily guided reading sessions take place throughout EYFS to Year 6 using high quality texts, focusing on many different question types, which relate to the reading content domains. The content domain sets out the relevant elements from the National Curriculum programme of study.  In EYFS early reading skills will be taught alongside some basic comprehension. In KS1 to KS2 a sequence of lessons will be taught building on a specific content domain each week. Additionally, a ‘treasure chest’ activity will be planned focusing on a range of content domains. Comprehension activities take place in various contexts across the curriculum. 

Reading for Pleasure

We have many opportunities to encourage children to read for pleasure;

 

    • Rich, challenging class texts
    • Children can access our school library for a range of books during break and lunchtimes
    • Book boxes outdoors 
    • Daily Reading for pleasure using a wide range of recommended and popular texts
    • Visits / visitors to engage children in reading e.g. Jodrell Bank Space 
    • Celebrating special reading days; world book day, Roald Dahl day etc
    • Creative reading areas in all classrooms
    • Competitions: Summer Reading Challenge
    • Whole Class Shared Reading
    • Guided Reading Sessions
    • Reading with parents
    • Reading Rewards

To support with reading at home see these recommended reads- https://schoolreadinglist.co.uk/category/reading-lists-for-primary-schoo...

Please see the attached reading stems for EYFS, KS1 and KS2 which you can use when reading with your child at home.

Writing: 

The teaching of Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar, is a strong element which runs throughout the whole of the English Curriculum. Year group teaching expectations are very specific and are taught as both discrete sessions as well as explored through reading and writing activities. At Broadbent Fold we use Talk4Writing across our curriculum. https://www.talk4writing.com/ This enables our pupils to remember what they have read and transfer this into writing. 

In spelling we use Jane Considine's strategies, which supports our children spelling in all their pieces of writing. In order to enhance our pupil's knowledge of vocabulary, we use Vocab Ninja - please ask your child about this. Both these strategies support pupils in vocabulary, understanding and spelling. Children will experience writing in a variety of fiction, non-fiction and poetry genres. You can see this across school on our displays. Regular writing opportunities across a range of subjects are used to develop and extend skills. 

Handwriting

At Broadbent Fold we work hard to ensure that children have the ability to produce fluent, legible joined up handwriting. We teach and practise the skills from nursery when we focus on pencil grip and letter formation through to Year 6 where we finesse our skills. 

https://www.letterjoin.co.uk/ 

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Interventions

Any child who is beginning to fall behind, is quickly identified and supported. To address gaps in reading fluency and comprehension at KS2, our skilled practitioners use repeated reading and domain based questioning to explore a range of texts for wider reading and to extend vocabulary. Support staff are well trained in delivering interventions. These include; Toe by Toe, BRP, Write Away. Precision Teaching and dyslexia screening. 

Recovery Curriculum

Due to the Covid-19 situation, we have amended and adapted our plans for 2021-2022. As a result of the disruption to education, any non-secure gaps have been identified from formal and informal assessment and built into planning for this academic year in order to enable children to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge for the next steps in their learning. 

Assessment

We assess reading using the National Curriculum for each year group, daily guided reading, children's reading books and NFER end of term assessments. Teachers assess writing after each unit and we use our own moderation documents to check on standards. We work closely with a cluster of schools to quality assure our decisions and we support each other on driving standards further.