Getting "hooked into books"...
At Rode Heath we approach the teaching of 'English' as one entity rather than separating the skills out into reading and writing. We believe these two components should be taught in tandem and believe in teaching English through studying quality texts which relates to our thematic curriculum. When our pupils leave Rode Heath we expect them to be avid readers, children who read fluently and widely and are able to express preferences and opinions about the texts that they read. We want them to read for pleasure, having had access to a wide range of text types, genres and authors in order for them to make informed opinions about their favourites. We want to produce children who write with confidence and accuracy for a variety of purposes and audiences whilst developing their own individual flair. We want our children to be able to write with grammatical accuracy and be able to apply spelling patterns correctly using a neat handwriting style. We aim to expose our children to a wide range of vocabulary so that they able to decipher new words and then use them when speaking both informally and formally. We also aim for our children to apply all of these English skills to all areas of the curriculum.
In EYFS, we ensure that reading and writing is part of a daily diet through phonic sessions. Children also have a adult-led writing session most days and a guided read once a week. Continuous provision caters for children to explore and develop language through play and purpose built role play areas help promote vocabulary further as well as utilise print in the environment. In the summer term, transition begins with daily writing lessons for multiple groups, building up to whole class.
In order to build on this in KS1, writing lessons are timetabled directly after phonic sessions so that skills taught can be applied and embedded. The focus of writing in KS1 is the construction of grammatically correct sentences, the different types of sentences and the punctuation applicable for these. Staff are instructed to choose genres that promote writing in full sentences and poetry covered in KS1 is entirely performance based. Children in KS1 read for pleasure daily and take part in a guided reading session once a week.
In KS2, the range of genres widens along with the range of punctuation and pupils are expected to routinely draft, edit and improve their own work rather than rely on this process being undertaken through marking by the teacher. Children in KS2 read daily for pleasure and take part in a guided reading session once a week.