Reading

Children at Blewbury School will learn to read and then read to learn.

At Blewbury School we are passionate and committed to raising the profile and attainment of reading throughout the school – this is one of our main school development areas for 2020/21.   We aim for the children to develop a love for literature and value the importance of reading as a gateway to a wealth of knowledge about the world around them.  Carefully planned teaching supports children in developing their ability to question, predict, clarify, summarise, identify, explain and make inferences.  They will also be encouraged to develop  a love of words.

For details on how we develop early reading, see our Phonics section below.

To develop their love of reading further every child, during their time at Blewbury School, will:

  • Visit a library
  • Listen to an author reading their work
  • Read and listen to a range of quality texts (Archaic text, Non-linear time sequence, Complexity of narrator, Complexity of plot, Resistant text) that promote and celebrate diversity.
  • Take part in a poetry recital
  • Engage in theme days for example, World Book Day.

 

Reading Spines

Which books will your child be reading this year?

We have develop class reading spines to ensure children listen to, and read, a rich variety of texts (fiction, non-fiction and poetry) which have been carefully chosen to promote diversity, equality, and critical thinking whilst helping to develop children’s background knowledge of the subjects they are studying.

CLICK on the classes below to find out which texts children will be experiencing this year:

 

Phonics

How we teach Phonics

At Blewbury our Phonics teaching and learning follows the progression of Letters and Sounds: Principles and Practice of High Quality Phonics . Teacher’s planning is supported by resources and activities from Phonics Play; at the earliest stages of learning to read, teachers use images and songs from Jolly Phonics to make the phonemes memorable.

Children are grouped within their classes for their daily phonics sessions which start from term 1 in each academic year.  Phonics interventions continue into Key Stage Two when needed.

 

Further Phonics Information

 

Please watch the video below for information on how to pronounce sounds correctly:

 

Writing

At Blewbury  Primary School we work hard to instil a joy of language into the hearts and minds of all our pupils. We have found that the teaching of writing works well when it is embedded in speaking, listening and reading activities that are linked to the wider inquiry questions of our curriculum. Children need to have exposure to a wide range of stories and genres of writing to develop a structure to build upon and add their own ideas.

Good progress is made when children open their eyes and ears to the language modelled around them. We encourage children to ‘magpie’ and experiment with interesting words and phrases from their reading books to use in their writing tasks. It is also essential to give our children the literacy tools that they will need throughout their life.

Punctuation, grammar and spellings are taught within each year group and, wherever possible the grammar is taught in context using a high quality text driver.

Ultimately, we want children to leave Blewbury School able to engage with the world and communicate their ideas confidently with others.

They will learn to write through a range of genres (Fiction, AdventureMythsNon-fiction, InstructionsDiscussionPersuasionRecount
Non-chronological reports, ExplanationPoetry) for a range of purposes and audiences.

 

To develop their love of writing further every child, during their time at Blewbury School, will:

  • Have an opportunity to publish their own book/story.
  • Meet and author
  • Take part in a writing competition
  • Write an official letter (for example to a local MP) to request/persuade.

 

Further Writing Information

 

 

 

 

Kerry White – English Lead

If you have any questions about the teaching of English please contact your child’s class teacher or Kerry White.