English

Reading

Here at Uley Primary School we promote a love for reading and equip all children with the skills needed to become enthused independent readers.

We use the Oxford Reading Scheme supplemented by other texts, and children take a book home appropriate to their level. They read these books at school and are expected to read them at home.

Children have a reading record book to keep a log of their reading habits.  Adults frequently listen to children read to monitor their progress and interventions take place for those children needing extra support.

•We have a school library where children have access to a range of fiction and nonfiction books, children visit the library on a regular basis.

•Each classroom has an exciting and engaging reading corner designed to promote a love of reading. Children have access to this at different times during the day.

•Guided reading takes place across the school daily. During this session the teacher has a discussion with a group of children about a particular book appropriate to their level. While this is taking place other groups are carrying out an independent book related activity.

•We celebrate reading in school through themed reading weeks and national book days.

•To engage all readers we hold regular book sales where there is a range of books at an affordable price for the children to buy.

•We also offer workshops to parents, when requested, to support and guide them when reading with their children at home.

 

Writing

Writing is at the heart of all we do at Uley Primary School and is taught through an

exciting and engaging curriculum.

At Uley, we give children the opportunity to write for many purposes and audiences across the curriculum. Children use cursive handwriting and develop their spelling strategies.

In the Early Years, play is very important for allowing children to explore and develop their writing. We encourage children to mark-make in a range of contexts and activities. Through role play, children are given clear purposes for writing and are provided with many opportunities to experiment with writing themselves, both indoors and outdoors.

Children in Key stage one and two are given the opportunity to write a range of genres for a range of purposes. 'Talk for writing' is used to encourage children to become familiar with the features of text types. Activities such as book talk, storytelling, role play and drama are an important part of the writing process.

Children are shown how to plan and write both fiction and non-fiction texts and teacher's model writing as part of the lesson. Teachers give children time to review and self-evaluate their writing.

Editing and publishing our writing is also an important skill the children learn to do. Teachers and children set individual writing targets together so that all children are clear about how their writing can be improved. The children are given the opportunities to explore and write in response to high quality books that become familiar favourites. At Uley, we feel that children should be given vocabulary developing opportunities so they are able to discuss and explain their ideas with confidence.

 

Phonics

Here at Uley, we believe that the teaching of phonics is the stepping stone to develop children’s early reading skills.

We follow the Government letters and sounds framework when delivering lessons.

•Phonics begins early, where children explore different sounds around them and experiment with rhyming words.

In Reception children begin to learn the sounds of the alphabet and use them to begin to read (and write) words.

Throughout Key Stage One, children are taught all the different sounds and how these are recorded as letters. They use these to help them read more difficult words.

•Where appropriate, phonics is continued in Key Stage Two for any children who require extra support.

•Parent workshops are held, on request, to inform and support parents.

 

Spelling

Once children are secure with their phonic knowledge, the natural progression is learning how to spell.  Our english language system can be quite daunting!

All children at Uley School receive focussed daily phonic and spelling lessons.

 

Handwriting

At Uley we believe that handwriting should not be an occupying activity, it should be taught.  In this way incorrect formation can be put right rather than practised.  Difficulties with handwriting can inhibit the quality and flow of ideas and also have an adverse affect on spelling.

We aim to foster in the children a sense of pride in the presentation of their work.  The ability to produce a good standard of work increases self-esteem and motivates children.  We reinforce good achievement through displays of the children’s work in the classroom and around the school and also by sharing work in class and in assemblies.

As soon as children begin to develop a legible hand, we believe that handwriting should be considered at three functional levels so that, for each writing activity, the style matches the purpose.

Please look at our Handwriting Policy for handwriting expectations

Reading Progression Chart

Writing Progression Chart

Handwriting Progression Chart

Punctuation and Grammar Progression Chart

Spelling Progression Chart

Phonics progression Chart

 

 




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