Writing, Reading and SPaG at Goosewell:
From September, the children at Goosewell have been experiencing an exciting and stimulating approach to their English lessons. Using the Pie Corbett methodology, the children are being immersed in a high-quality model text, which they are then imitating as a class. This approach allows the children to become fully immersed and familiar a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry genres so that they are able to independently apply all of the features learned by the end of a 3-week block.
In Reception, our approach to teaching reading begins with the goal of establishing a love of books within each and every child. English is flooded throughout our provision with carefully selected, relevant texts displayed and accessible in every learning zone. Alongside this, our book corners are purposefully organised so that children can select and have ownership over their reading choices and learn how to look after and treasure books. The books which are available very much reflect the personalities and interests of the cohort. Children bring home a levelled ORT book with phonetically decodable words to build on skills developed in Read Write Inc sessions and increase their independence and confidence. Alongside this, they will bring home a book selected from the class book corner which can be shared and enjoyed with a family member. Through this text, skills such as fluency and expression can be modelled and developed alongside a realisation of the joy that reading for pleasure can bring.
Key Stage 1
Reading has always been very much at the forefront of English teaching at Goosewell. This year, in Year 2, we have introduced a new two-week reading block based upon a vibrant and stimulating book. These carefully selected texts form the basis of a word and vocabulary rich learning experience that allows pupils to become fluent and accurate readers who have strong comprehension skills. During each block, the children are taught reading skills through the class VIPERS (Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explain, Retrieval and Summarise). In each session, new vocabulary is defined and discussed, story plots and events are predicted, facts explained, and character’s actions and feelings inferred. In addition to this, there is a daily read at 3pm when pupils enjoy a text as a class as part of our recognition of the importance of reading purely for pleasure. KS1 children will continue to read their home book daily and choose two texts, one at their reading level the other a ‘free choice’ which could be at a level beyond their reading ability or a picture book that they wish to share with their family. In Year 1 and for some Year 2 children, this will be an ORT book relevant to their reading level. For the majority of Year 2, they will be selecting an AR (Accelerated Reader) book from the level given to them following an initial assessment quiz. They are expected to read their AR book at least twice in order for them to complete the comprehension quiz on that book successfully. In Year 1, we have introduced Read Write Inc (RWI) a reading programme to teach phonics. Since September, the children have been participating in daily phonics sessions, in groups, teaching sounds with corresponding ditty and actions with the help of Fred the Frog! The most important thing you can do, as a parent, to support your child’s learning, is to listen to them read. The link below from RWI will help you, as a parent, to know how to sound out letters just like your child is learning in class.
Key Stage 2
Weekly spellings will be sent home to be tested the following week in Year 2. In Year 1, the focus phoneme of the week will be sent home weekly to recognise and read, plus 5 Common Exception Words spellings, which will be tested the following week.
In Key Stage 2, discrete spelling sessions are taught on a Monday so that the focus rule/pattern can be applied in writing throughout the week and examples of the rule/pattern can be found in reading sessions. Spellings to learn at home are set on a Monday and all spelling tests take place on Friday.
In Year 2, children will have a weekly discrete SPaG lesson taught (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) skills of which they will then apply within their 3 week writing block.
In Key Stage 2, the grammar and punctuation which forms the success criteria for a final written outcome is taught within a 3 week teaching sequence. In addition to this, discrete P&G (Punctuation and Grammar) sessions are taught on a Friday.