English

ENGLISH

Literacy and communication skills lie at the heart of our curriculum. At the start of each new curriculum theme all children are given a novel to read for enjoyment during holidays and as a basis for their learning in the forthcoming term.

Writing

Learning to write is one of the most important things that a child at primary school will learn. Children use their writing in almost all other subjects of the curriculum. Good writing also gives children a voice to share their ideas with the world. From mark-making in Nursery to extended Writing across the curriculum in Year 6, the teaching and learning of writing at Soaring Skies is an engaging and developmental process.

  • Writing is centred on our curriculum theme so children can explore a range of genres and styles in different contexts.
  • Children write for four main purposes: writing to entertain, writing to inform, writing to persuade and writing to discuss.
  • Children learn to think as writers and follow the writing process: planning, drafting, evaluating, editing, improving and publishing their work.
  • Vocabulary is at the heart of our teaching and learning so children are able to express themselves clearly and imaginatively
  • Regular spelling and grammar lessons help children to become technically proficient writers.
  • Handwriting and presentation is an important element of children’s writing and all children are encouraged to present their work in clear, legible and consistent handwriting.

 

Reading

At Soaring Skies reading is an integral part of school life; we recognise it as a crucial skill which is at the heart of children’s present and future success.  Reading is happening all the time in a classroom and in school. It is taught in specific reading and English lessons, but children are practising and using their reading constantly across all subjects too.  At Soaring Skies we foster a passion for reading for pleasure so that children can become lifelong readers.

  • At the beginning of each term, all children are given a book linked to their curriculum theme. By the time they leave in Year 6, every pupil will have their own home library which will launch them on their reading journey.
  • All classrooms have an engaging book corner with a range of exciting and stimulating books.
  • Children are given a reading book to take home and are encouraged to read at home every evening and record this in a home journal.
  • Every Tuesday morning from 9.00am to 9.30am we invite parents into school so families can read together for House Reading
  • Storytime takes place regularly. This is when the class teacher reads aloud to the class and gives the children the opportunity to encounter new vocabulary and experiences through the world of literature.
  • In Early Years and Year 1 we teach reading through daily phonics sessions and use the Read Write Inc programme. Children take home decodable books to read related to their phonics level.
  • In Year 1 have a 30 minute session following the Daily Supported Reading programme, a programme that helps move all children on in their reading. During these sessions they read with an adult every day.
  • In Year 2 children follow a programme modelled on DSR. They too get a 30 minute session where they will read with an adult every day.
  • In Keystage 2 children have a daily 30 minute guided reading sessions which help them become active and enquiring readers. During these sessions they will read with an adult at least once a week.
  • Comprehension skills including retrieval, inference and clarifying vocabulary are explicitly taught so children can gain a deeper understanding of the texts they encounter.