Reading at Pinhoe Primary School
At Pinhoe C of E Primary School, we aim to develop a life-long love of reading in every child. We work hard to create a reading culture, where children actively engage with reading at every opportunity, and where their imagination and understanding of the world is enhanced through reading.
Children are exposed to a range of high-quality texts in a variety of contexts. They are given opportunities to browse literature, hear texts read aloud, participate in structured reading activities and read independently. Children build preferences in reading (authors and styles), and they share book recommendations with peers and adults.
Opportunities are provided to enable children to acquire knowledge through reading; reading is an integral part of the curriculum offer across all subjects.
We prioritise reading as a fundamental right. We believe that secure reading skills are crucial to a high-quality education and give children the tools they need to participate as a member of society.
Reading for Pleasure
Research evidence shows that reading for pleasure is important for both educational purposes as well as personal development ( Clark and Rumbold, 2006). Reading for pleasure opens new worlds of imagination, allows us to access fascinating information and gives us an insight into places and times that we have never visited. To promote reading for pleasure, we celebrate reading through annual events like World Book Day, we have visually engaging reading displays and create inviting reading areas in the classrooms. Our fantastic school library is well stocked with tantalising texts to appeal to all interests, and our highly-experienced school librarian is always keen to help with book choices. Each class has a timetabled library slot and the library is also open at lunchtimes and after school. We share our passion for reading by creating time for sharing book recommendations between staff and children (which really helps if you are not sure which book to choose next!). At the end of each day, we have a dedicated 15-minute slot for enjoying a class story together. These read-aloud texts are high-quality and they are carefully chosen to appeal to the children as well as to expose them to a growing range of genres.
During the first week of each literacy teaching sequence children are immersed in a carefully selected, high-quality text, which is used as a model for exploring writing at a higher level than children could access independently. Over the course of an academic year, shared reading provides opportunities for children to explore texts from a variety of contexts, cultures and genres. Babcock Literacy Sequences are used as the core planning resource in order to ensure continuity and progression. Through shared reading, children have opportunities to respond to the text, map and learn the text, explore text structure and summarise text features.
Reading across the Curriculum
Topic box sets of books and texts from the Curriculum Map support learning across the curriculum. In KS1, children listen to and discuss information books and other non-fiction and related narrative/poetry texts to establish the foundations for their learning in other subjects. As they become more confident readers, they independently read texts which develop their knowledge across the wider curriculum. Children are taught to apply the skills of information retrieval to textbooks from across the curriculum and in contexts where they are genuinely motivated to find out information. Our well-stocked, fascinating library supports reading across the curriculum, as do our online libraries.
By the time children leave Pinhoe C of E Primary School, they:
- have been exposed to high-quality texts in a range of contexts.
- are competent readers who can recommend books to their peers.
- have a thirst for reading and participate in discussions about books.
- can read books to enhance their knowledge and understanding of all curriculum subjects, and communicate their research to a wider audience.
- have developed the reading skills they need to access their next phase of education.
Progression in Reading at Pinhoe C of E School
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Writing at Pinhoe Primary School
At Pinhoe C of E Primary School, we believe that literacy skills are vital to prepare our children for their future lives. We intend to deliver an English Curriculum designed to enable and empower children’s written and oral communication. To inspire, excite and enthuse young readers and writers, children are actively encouraged to develop a love of reading and writing through the use of quality texts and writing sequences.
We aim that our children will:
- have a positive attitude to writing
- develop proficiency in writing in a range of genres
- demonstrate an understanding of written language and have the ability to develop a broad range of vocabulary
- develop their own writing from high quality text models
- have an awareness of different audiences and purposes for writing
- apply grammatical knowledge in their writing
- apply phonetic and spelling knowledge in their writing
- be motivated to re-read, edit and improve their writing so every piece of writing they produce is to the best of their ability and better than the last
- have opportunities for writing purposefully through other areas of the curriculum and beyond school
Babcock Literacy Sequences are used as the core planning resource in order to ensure continuity and progression in writing.
During the sequences, teachers model quality pieces of writing and provide feedback through shared and guided writes to enable the children to feel confident to apply their new skills to their own piece of independent writing. In many cases, links will be made by the teacher to the topic being studied that half term to give purpose to their final written outcomes. Throughout the sequence, there are regular assessment opportunities providing the children with that vital chance to receive and respond to feedback and allow teachers to adapt their planning and teaching to support all of the children to meet their personal targets.
Spelling is an important focus at Pinhoe C of E Primary and is carefully built on throughout each year group. During Year 2, children begin to make the shift from spelling phonetically to spelling accurately, using specific strategies, spelling patterns and rules.
Using the No-Nonsense Spelling Programme, children encounter daily discreet spelling lessons which gradually build on their spelling knowledge to help them become competent spellers. The children have access to a range of resources in class to help support them, such as spelling bookmarks where they record spellings that are personal to them, jotters that encourage children to experiment with their spelling and speed sound charts.
The four strands of Speaking and Listening: Speaking; Listening; Group discussion and Interaction and Drama permeate the whole curriculum. Interactive teaching strategies are used to engage all pupils in order to raise reading and writing standards, and ICT plays a crucial role in this. Children are encouraged to talk and listen for a range of purposes, across the curriculum. Through group and class activities children explain, explore and develop their talk repertoire for different purposes and audiences. Children are encouraged to develop effective communication skills in readiness for later life.
By the time children leave Pinhoe C of E Primary School, they have made good progress from their own personal starting points. By the end of Year Six they will be able to write clearly and accurately and adapt their language and style for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences. Our children will have acquired a wide vocabulary and have a strong command of the written word. Most importantly, they will have developed a love of writing, be able to clearly communicate their ideas and be well equipped for the rest of their education.