Policy: Reading Policy ; Phonics Policy
Staff Co-ordinator: Mrs. S. Howes
Link Governor: Mrs. H. Stembridge
Statement of Intent:
World Book Day – The Masked Reader
Opal Learning Zone
Amethyst Learning Zone
Sapphire Learning Zone
We Love Stories – The children have been exploring the new resources within the Sapphire Learning Zone. They have been sharing books in the library area, reading books by familiar authors, including some of the classics, discovering some new favourite texts. They have used the puppet theatre and costumes to create characters and retell familiar stories.
Ruby Learning Zone
Emerald Learning Zone
Diamond Learning Zone
September 2020- February 2021
Reading and Writing Skills – In Literacy, the children have continued to work hard to improve their reading and writing skills. They really enjoyed reading and acting “Greta and the Giants” during Durham Book Festival. We have also been learning to write instructions. We have used “bossy” verbs to write instructions about anti-bullying, road safety as well as Christmas crafts.
Here we are – In Literacy we took part in a whole school integration topic, ‘Here We Are.’ Our primary focus was to ensure that the children felt settled and happy to be back into school. This topic helped them to learn about themselves and the ever-changing world that they live in.
Traditional Tales – The children have worked very hard to improve their reading and writing skills by developing their phonic knowledge. We really enjoyed reading and acting out traditional tales, and writing short descriptions of the characters using simple sentences.
Literacy skills – In Literacy, the children have been continuing to practice and apply their phonics in their independent writing. Small intervention groups have taken place to support those children who needed an extra boost. The children have had many opportunities to write creatively, using conjunctions and subordination to extend their ideas. We even wrote a letter to Santa, putting in our Christmas requests and thanking him for last year’s gifts.
Here we are – In Literacy we took part in a whole school integration topic, ‘Here we are.’ We focused on integrating the children back into school and finding out about themselves and the ever-changing world that they live in.
Building Sentences – A big focus had been on building sentences correctly using their phonics skills. We have looked at simple descriptions and used an assortment of characters from different texts to help us with our ideas.
Getting creative – The children in Class 3 have been working on writing their on version of a story. They had lots of fun designing their own characters and choosing the setting they wanted their story to take place. All of the children had some fantastic ideas and some even better stories!
Poetry – My Life as Goldfish; Rachel Rooney – We have studied poetry this half term, based around an anthology by Rachel Rooney. We used the outdoor space around school to explore our five senses. The children then worked together in small groups to write a poem called ‘The School Garden. I was amazed by the fantastic vocabulary the children were able to gain from being outside and the poems were a real success.
Pen License – All of the children have been working hard with their handwriting. Four off the children have already achieved their pen license.
Here we are – In Class 4, we have been studying a book called ‘Here We Are’ by Oliver Jeffers. Everyone in the class wrote a letter to someone special. We also studied a poem about things that are special to us and the class worked together to create their own poetry.
Spellings – Class 5 have been exploring different techniques to practise their spellings. The children had fun searching the environment to spell words using natural resources.
You can view our archived literacy information on our website.