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Being a Reader

From Reception, children start their journey to becoming skilled at word reading by developing their phonic knowledge and skills using a systematic phonetic programme called Letters and Sounds. This programme of study aims for children to be fluent readers by the age of seven. Supplementary to this, children have weekly access to a variety of online resources to improve their phonetic decoding and word reading skills. We offer a language-rich environment to promote a culture of reading. Our school is proud of its library. It is run in the same way as a public library, and our librarian is on hand to assist the children with their choice of books. A home reading programme, with progressive bands, is run from Reception through to Year 6, so that children can bring books home to share with their families. The books in our reading programme are drawn from a wide range of sources, rather than one specific scheme, to enable our children to read a diverse range of books in many different genres. We learn and celebrate different books and authors through dedicated days such as World Book Day and National Poetry Day. Reading skills are developed through providing a wide range of reading material and opportunities to read in school. Daily guided reading activities and the use of our structured reading scheme encourages children to read widely and for purpose, as well as entertainment. Comprehension skills are built up through high-quality discussion and activities based on stories children have read or which have been read to them. Using our online portal, we are able to foster children's interests with an extensive range of e-books that are then often linked to writing experiences.

Reading at Curridge gives children the knowledge of the world around us, time to explore different vocabulary and enjoy reading for purpose and pleasure.

Being a Writer

At Curridge, we see the value of children planning, editing and revising their own writing. This process starts in Reception and supports children's confidence and skills to write for a range of styles and genres. Children are encouraged to be creative and use their imagination when writing, including critical awareness of vocabulary choice. All children create independent pieces of writing and our school uses Pie Corbett's Talk for Writing to support children to compose texts with ambitious, high-quality structures and punctuation. The children are encouraged to share their own voice in their writing, and we ensure children have opportunities to express their views both in writing and orally. The writing process in Reception and Key Stage One can often be collaborative, and with the use of working walls children are supported to write their own extended texts. In Key Stage Two, we share our success with others by publishing and sharing finished pieces of writing, or reading compositions in assemblies to practise public speaking skills. Presentation and handwriting are valued at Curridge and once children have learnt to form letters accurately, they are taught to use a fluent, joined and clear cursive handwriting style, giving increasing regard to presentation. To encourage and promote good presentation skills, children in KS1 and Lower KS2 work towards earning a pen licence. In Year 5 and 6, all children write with a pen.

Learning to Spell

In Reception, children follow a multi-sensory path to learning their sounds. Children have daily phonics sessions, as well as continuous opportunities to practise their phonic skills within the indoor and outdoor learning environments. In Key Stage One, children continue to develop their phonic skills and progress to learning spelling rules such as: prefixes, suffixes and pluralisation. In Key Stage Two, we build upon the learning that has already been accomplished by integrating spelling into daily English and Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar lessons. This approach gradually builds children's spelling vocabulary by introducing patterns or conventions, as well as continuously revising those rules already taught. Children are expected to respond to marking and feedback from teachers to address identified spelling errors in their writing, and are taught to use spelling books and dictionaries to ensure independence. 

Links

The following links may be useful:

http://www.wordsforlife.org.uk