At Yorkley Primary School, we believe that literacy and communication are key life skills and that it is our role, through the English curriculum, to help children develop the skills and knowledge that will enable them to communicate effectively and creatively with the world at large, through spoken and written language. Through a love of reading that is embedded within our school, we strive to help children to enjoy and appreciate literature and its rich variety.
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Aims and Objectives:
As a school, we aim to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping children with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading both across the curriculum and at home. As a school, we aim to ensure that all pupils:
- read easily, fluently and with good understanding
- develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
- acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
- appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
- write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
- use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
- are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.
Reading and Phonics
Children will share reading from a text or extract containing a balance of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. During the lesson, children will have guided support in a group reading session. Once children have achieved a degree of fluency they move away from a structured scheme and use books suited to their particular age range across a range of reading levels. These books are continually being added to and updated, so that children have access to a wide range of quality reading material. All children have a book bag, and are encouraged to take books home regularly. Children needing support with their reading are targeted and given extra help. There is a brand new library where children are able to work individually or in groups.
The importance of reading and phonics at Yorkley Primary School
Reading plays a vital role in the development and education of your child. At Yorkley we ensure that pupils have lots of opportunities to read in lots of different contexts. We continually strive to promote a love of reading.
In Key Stage One we deliver a consistent approach to phonics using a programme called Letters and Sounds. Every pupil in Key Stage One works through the programme to help them decode (sound out) words that they read and spell. Reading is linked into understanding what they have read and also links into short writing activities. Using small group work on a daily basis allows staff to pin point any individual who may need additional support in this area and will plan intervention activities if needed. Teachers will always keep you informed if your child is having additional support.
During the summer term in Year 1, children nationwide are tested on their phonic knowledge. This test helps us to identify children who have gaps in their phonic knowledge and may need support in Year 2 to develop reading and writing skills. The test is very low-key and the children are not aware that they are being tested. Parents are informed as to whether their child has achieved the national expectation within the child’s end-of-year report. Additional tuition in phonics will be given to those children who did not achieve a pass during Year 2 and they will be tested again in the summer term.
Pupils read through a set of book banded books. Each colour in the book band is a different level. We provide a diet and range of books at different levels within a book band. The pupils know which book band they are working at and recognise the book band that they are working towards. We have a very well-resourced library. The children who are ‘free readers’ can choose from a variety of books with the teachers support.
Reading Schemes include:
- Rigby Star
- Oxford Treetops
- Oxford Reading Tree
- Oxford Project
- Floppy Phonics
Opportunities for reading
Pupils also read regularly in other areas of the curriculum and in other parts of the school day through:
- Guided Reading – Teachers work with small groups of pupils to teach specific and targeted reading skills in a book that is sufficiently challenging.
- Reading Across the Curriculum – Pupils read a range of books linked to other areas of their learning.
- Story Time – Throughout the school, books are read to pupils for them to hear good examples of reading aloud and to develop an enthusiasm for reading books themselves. Class books are shared with pupils, where they read along with the teacher.
Pupils are encouraged to see themselves as writers from the very beginning. They use their emerging knowledge of words and letters to write independently from the Reception class onwards. The systematic teaching of a rich programme of phonics, spelling and handwriting ensures written work becomes progressively more accurate.
By the end of KS2 pupils will have had the experience of writing in many different forms, and are able to plan, draft and edit their work. All classes have access to ICT.
Speaking and Listening
Children are encouraged to take part in many activities to develop their speaking and listening skills. They are given opportunities to respond to stories and poems, engage in role-play activities, share thoughts and listen carefully to others during PSHE activities, and participate in class and assemblies. Older children also take part in more formal presentations such as giving talks on specific topics, reporting on school events, performing in school productions, and so on.
Please click on the links below to view our ‘Phonics at Home’ and ‘Reading at Home’ leaflets
Literacy events and opportunities
Throughout the year we organise lots of literacy traditions and events to promote reading, writing and language.
- Literacy week which includesWorld Book Day, dressing up and character parade’Off by Heart’ poetry competitionSpelling BeeReading together morningsThe Great Big Book Swap
- Bedtime story session
- Book fair
- Handwriting competitions
- Visiting authors
- Creative writing workshops
- Book club
- Christmas book review competition
- Easter extreme reading competition
- Pen licenses
- Radio 2’s 500 word story competition
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Once again, English Week was fabulous!
The Great Big Book Swap was eagerly anticipated by the children – books which have been loved but grown out of by one child are now being read and enjoyed in new homes.
The standards of the children’s performances at the ‘Off by Heart’ poetry competition made it very difficult for the judges to pick the winners! The Infant competition was won by the youngest pupil in the school, Rosie, who recited ‘The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly’. Infant Runners up were Lailen and Ameliana. Junior winners, Stacey and Sophie, recited ‘Please Mrs. Butler’, and the runners up were Abby, Fernanda and Aston.
There was a great variety of costumes on display in the Character Parade on Thursday – World Book Day. Staff and children from school and Playgroup paraded in the special assembly for parents.
Each morning through the week, many parents came in to classes to hear their children read.
The Spelling Bee ranged from 5 spellings for the very youngest children to learn, right up to 50 words in Years 5 and 6. Money raised from sponsorship of this activity will be used to purchase new Speaking and Listening activities.