Kemble Primary School
We believe that all children need to leave primary school reading confidently and work hard to achieve this.
Children are expected to read their individual reading book at home regularly, whether that is to an adult (for developing readers) or independently (for fluent readers). Children are also heard read by teachers, teaching assistants and our Reading Ambassadors who volunteer their time. Children are encouraged to discuss and talk about their reading when reading at home.
In KS1 the children mainly use decodable reading schemes so that they can use their phonic knowledge to read using blending and segmenting as a primary approach. The children use books from a range of schemes including Oxford Reading Tree, Floppy Phonics and Songbirds. We also use Rigby Star books, Rigby Rockets and Sunshine Spirals to supplement these. The books are organised into book bands and the children progress through these, moving on when they are ready. Older children select from ranges of books, choosing from a range of genres and styles.
Every child also takes part in focussed teaching sessions of reading in a small group with their teacher once a week. We call this guided reading. During these sessions reading and comprehension skills are developed through a range of activities including: individual and group reading; practising skills to tackle new and unknown words; searching texts for specific information, fact and ideas; and discussions about the text.
We believe that all children should leave primary school as confident writers.
To help develop writing skills we use a range of techniques. English is taught in blocks of work that last for roughly 2 to 4 weeks. We use ideas from the ‘Big Write’ system to support our teaching. Before the unit starts the children often produce a piece of writing (known as a cold task) in the form that is going to be taught to allow teachers to identify the skills the children need to develop. The Big Write is a system that has been developed that focuses on children developing their spelling, grammar and creative writing skills in a systematic way. Spellings and grammar are discretely taught and include extending vocabulary, sentence starters, punctuation and connectives. Each year group builds on the learning of the previous year and the VCOP (vocabulary, connectives, openers and punctuation) games and activities are taught in short, manageable sessions. At the end of each block of work the children then use these skills in a final piece of writing (known as a hot task) where they are asked to use all the skills they have been taught.
We also draw on other successful techniques such as ‘Talk for Writing’ where children learn and rehearse key texts learning the feel and language used, discovering the tools used make the text, before imitating this with the teacher modelilng how writing is put together and finally the children use this to create their own writing. It is a powerful way of developing language and grammar skills.
Primary Literacy Glossary for Parents
BBC KS2 English Website
BBC KS1 English Website
We aim for all of our pupils to be competent spellers and therefore focus our teaching on phonic spelling patterns, spelling rules and ensuring children are confident with the spelling of ‘tricky’ words. We follow the spelling guidance set out in the 2014 National Curriculum
In Key Stage 1 spellings are taught alongside phonics. The words follow the phonic patterns being taught in class. Tricky words, that do not follow phonic patterns are also taught.
In key stage 2 spellings are taught through spelling rules; patterns based around prefixes and suffixes; tricky words and commonly mispelt words.
Children are set weekly spelling lists which are tested on Fridays. These words are based on spellings that have been taught in class. Teachers publish spelling lists on their class blogs.
National Curriculum 2014
Spellzone - online practise for KS1 and KS2 word lists
Spelling City - online spellling practise
BBC Spelling - Spellits
At both Siddington C of E Primary and Kemble Primary school we place great value in the systematic teaching of phonics. We use a structured synthetic phonic program called Read Write Inc to teach daily phonic sessions in Key Stage 1.
What is synthetic phonics?
When your child is learning to read there are two crucial things to learn:
• the sounds represented by written letters
• how to blend the sounds together to make words.
Synthetic Phonics is a way of teaching reading.
Children are taught to read letters or groups of letters by saying the pure sound(s) they represent – so, they are taught that the letter l sounds Children can then start to read words by blending (synthesising) the sounds together to make a word.
At school, you will probably hear teachers talking about blending, sounding out and Fred Talk