Policy: Reading Policy ; Phonics Policy
Staff Co-ordinator: Mrs. S. Howes
Link Governor: Mrs. H. Stembridge
Statement of Intent:
1.10.19- After lunch we have been working with our reading buddies to enjoy some of the classroom books. Miss Elsdon asks us to work with our buddy to read a book and then she asks us to present a short ‘synopsis’ to the rest of the class. Some of the children then ask questions about the book which link to the ‘Reading Dogs’. Miss Elsdon reminds us which dog would ask that question. We enjoy having a relaxing time to look at books together.
20.9.19- In Year 1 we have a ‘Reading Rainbow’. We know that every colour is a great place to be but that moving across the rainbow is our aim. There is a gold level at the end which we would all like to reach eventually. Whenever we go onto the next reading level, we will move our name and show all of our friends so that we can celebrate our progress. It’s a lovely thing to share together. Class 1 are very excited about it and many of the children are going home and begging to read so that they can move along the reading rainbow. How exciting!
Aladdin- We had a production company into school performing Aladdin. It was a real feast for the senses with singing and dancing galore. The children were all involved and enjoyed the performance immensely.
Back in the classroom we expressed our opinions of the show and compared it to the text that we have read. We then made 3 wishes of our own, explaining our decisions carefully.
Play in a Day- We have been lucky this half term to have spent a morning with Lisa, from Play in a Day. She played lots of different drama games with us and then we had the chance to perform a short play. Some of us were nervous, but soon came out of our shells and produced a great short play on space. We can’t wait to have her into school again soon.
Our favourite books-The children love to share books, so this half term they been sharing their own books from home. First they shared and read them with a partner of their choice and then they wrote about their books and the reasons why they like them so much.
The children also enjoyed reading Mr Men and little Miss books. They then chose the character that they would like to be. We had some great fun thinking of what adventures they might get up to.
Letter writing- We have been exploring letter writing. We wrote detailed letters to a child we don’t know, explaining all about ourselves. We used paragraphs to group our writing and conjunctions to add detail. We then wrote a very important letter, to Santa. We had to give reasons why we would like particular gifts. The children read them out to each other and then we sent them off to the North Pole. He was so impressed with them that he sent us each a gift back for us to open at Christmas.
Reading- At every opportunity the children have been enjoying sharing a range of reading sources like: books, comics and our favourite… Atlases! The children understand that it is fun to read a range of different texts, especially with a friend. We have talked about what reading means to us and why we love it so much in Class 2.
We celebrated Roald Dahl day by dressing up as our favourite characters. We shared some extracts together from our favourite books and even made some BFG inspired dream catchers. The children have them hung in their rooms and have reported that they are very effective!!
Writing/Drama- Linked to a topic on Superhero’s, the children made a giant den in the classroom using our outdoor den equipment. All the children fit inside the den and could imagine themselves as their superhero’s. They then used expanded noun phrases and adjectives to describe the den and their superhero, some of which were purely from their imaginations.
They made superhero masks and used them for some drama, using specific language for their characters. We have some budding actors in the making!
13.02.20- As a result of adopting a sea turtle, we have been identifying the features of a non-chronological report as well as collecting facts in order to write our own! The children have really enjoyed writing their report as this was a big focus and interest in our previous learning.
13.12.19- We have adopted a sea turtle! As we have been focusing on the importance of reducing plastic pollution in literacy, we have decided to adopt a sea turtle! The children have been focusing very hard on reasons as to why plastic is bad for the earth and we even wrote a letter to Asda!
02.10.19-This week in Literacy, Class 3 have been creating freeze frames to show a specific part of our story ‘Izzy Gizmo’. The children used thought bubbles to decide how Izzy Gizmo was feeling. They enjoyed acting out their characters and used great facial expressions to get into role.
Inspiring a love of reading- We are extremely proud of Joshua who is an avid reader. He was very excited to meet his favourite author and we were delighted to be able to help him to achieve his ambition.
This half term during literacy we have been focusing on different writing techniques to create a fictional story. We have focused on expanded noun phrases, figurative language, speech and adventurous vocabulary. In the build up to writing the stories, the children have written a setting description, character description and worked in groups to re structure a story. They have created some unique pieces.
Practising Spellings: Our creative spelling strategies continue and this week we have been using the changing seasons to help the children to practise their spellings.
In teams, the children had to create their words out of leaves! They had great fun and learnt how enjoyable learning spellings can be with a bit a creativity!
Play in a Day- On Wednesday 16th October 2019, Class 5 took part in A Play In A Day. As usual, Liz from the Lynx Theatre Company came along to support the children in developing a play in only one day. This time we did ‘The Greens Are Having A Party’. This play was all about a family who threw a huge party but didn’t realise the impact it would have on the environment. The play looked at issues such as plastic pollution and recycling. The play was very well attended by parents and the rest of the school who thoroughly enjoyed this comedy. It was lovely to see so many confident children performing in front of such a large audience.
Class 5 then carried out follow up work based on this play linked to our topic ‘Our Planet’.
Spelling Strategies- In Class 5 we practice our spellings in lots of different ways. Here our Year 5 children are ‘Taking chalk for a walk’. After completing this activity we held an outdoor Spelling Bee and every child got the first 10 words on their spelling lists correct!
The Wyrmstooth Crown- Our Class 5 novel is about a dragon, called Guster, who has amazing adventures. The children read part of the story and then do a piece of writing based on the text. So far this term we have written: a character description, a prediction, shown empathy with a character and have written a balanced argument. We have based our art, DT and ICT lessons around this story and the children are thoroughly enjoying learning all about Dragons!
Play in a Day Summer 2019