Mrs Catherine Parker - Head Teacher

English

English Leader: Miss Harvey 

Reading: 

See separate phonics page for information about our phonics delivery across the school. 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, Matt Goodfellow 
    • Celebrating special reading days; world book day, Roald Dahl day etc
    • Creative reading areas in all classrooms
    • Competitions: Winter/Summer Reading Challenges
    • Whole Class Shared Reading
    • Guided Reading Sessions
    • Reading with parents
    • Reading Rewards

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. Please see attached Spelling, punctuation and grammar overview.  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. Each year group has a half termly whole class text which they use to base lots of their English and wider curriculum area work through. Please see the attached English LTP showing the texts that used across the school. Opportunities are planned for consolidating the features of previous genres taught into wider curriculum work. For instance if Year 1 look at writng labels in Autumn 1, then in a later term they will consolidate this by writing labels in other areas of the curriculum. 

For spelling we use a mixture of First Class Phonics and Jane Considine's strategies, which supports our children spelling in all their pieces of writing. These schemes focus on statutory spelling patterns and common exception words for Y1-6. In order to enhance our pupil's knowledge of vocabulary, we also use Vocabulary Ninja to develop vocabulary in specific subjects and also through our word of the day activities. Children will experience writing in a variety of fiction, non-fiction and poetry genres. This is evident across school in planning, books and on displays. Regular writing opportunities across a range of subjects are used to develop and extend skills. Please see attached statutory spelling lists. 

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. 

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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.