At Christ Church (Pellon) we strive to foster a love of books and literature. Our English teaching is based on a class text which is a stimulus for all the writing and grammar teaching for the unit. Books are chosen to link with topic teaching wherever possible but are also chosen based on the children's interests . Children are taught to write a range of text types in accordance with the National Curriculum 2014.
We endeavor to foster this love of books through children’s own choice of reading book which they are expected to take home on a daily basis. We use the Accelerated Reader program which enables children to choose a book they will enjoy from a range of books that are within their ability range. Our children love the on-line quiz which they then take to assess their understanding of the book. Our key stage 2 corridor is our library and is a cozy but inviting place for children to sit and read with their buddy reader or an adult in school. It is regularly updated and restocked to give children a wide range of popular and traditional literature to choose from.
We also use "Reading Plus in years 5 and 6, which is an "on-line" program where children can compete against themselves, their peers and other schools to increase their reading speed, fluency and comprehension. It offers a range of diverse and engaging texts for children to choose from followed by fun tasks and quizzes to assess their progress. We are working hard to encourage all pupils to use the program at home .
Reading is taught through "Reading Explorers" sessions to develop comprehension skills and daily reading sessions where children read regularly to adults. All children are encouraged to read as much as they can at home and we run a "Reading champions competition, where classes that have read the most at home on a weekly basis receive the opportunity to attend a book club on Friday lunch times in class 5 with Mrs Cowton and Mrs Wright.
We have recently introduced "VIPERS" which encourages the use of 6 skills to understand texts. We are using this throughout our English lessons and also foundation subjects . "VIPERS" skills are" vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explanation, Retrieval and Summarizing and or Sequencing.
We teach the grammar curriculum through our English lessons and in stand alone lessons and teach separate handwriting and spelling lessons through the “Letter Join” scheme and the “No Nonsense” spelling scheme.
We have a whole school focus on proof reading and editing for clarity and accuracy.
In EYFS and KS1, we teach phonics daily and children who need to continue with phonics into KS2 are taught this in addition to reading and spelling lessons. We aim to hear many children read on a daily basis in KS1 and Y4, 5, and 6 children assist with this as “Reading Buddies.”
Subject leader for English