Reading comprehension and writing
We are excited to be working with Literacy Tree for our reading comprehension (Literary Leaves) and writing (Writing Roots) schemes.
Authors include children's laureates (past and present) Michael Rosen, Lauren Child, Malorie Blackman, Joseph Coelho and Julia Donaldson; modern classics such as Roald Dahl and Michael Morpurgo and more historical classics such as Oscar Wilde, C.S. Lewis and Shakespeare.
Adaptability: whilst creating consistency and clear structure with planning, the scheme allows teachers to adapt the planning provided, to meet the needs of our children here at Burbage.
Writing opportunities: Literacy Tree Writing Roots, mean that children are writing regularly, both shorter and longer pieces, to embed their skills.Cross-curricular links: throughout the scheme, there are links with areas of the curriculum other than English. This allows children to make links between different areas of learning, building on what they already know, and to revisit learning which takes place at different points throughout the year.
Phonics and early reading
We follow Phonics Bug Synthetic Phonics Programme to teach phonics in EYFS and Key Stage 1 and the accompanying individual reading books to support the programme. All teaching and support staff have accessed phonics training led by the Phonics Bug team and use this knowledge when teaching and supporting children to throughout the school.
Children who are developing their early reading skills, will bring home a phonics-based reading book to support their in-school phonics learning. We also encourage children to read other books in school and at home, with the support of parents/carers: reading for pleasure is vital to develop a positive view of reading and to build the foundations of life-long readers.
Reading book bands
Discussions with older children, showed that they felt they would read more without feeling restricted with book banding and thus, would have greater enjoyment in reading. Therefore, the majority of our junior children will no longer work through reading bookbands and will access books from our range of non book-banded books.
For some children, who may find reading a little more challenging, teaching staff may feel that it would be beneficial to continue to read banded books. The aim of this is to further build up key, foundational reading skills including fluency and accuracy, which will support reading comprehension. We will also encourage these children to choose non-banded books to read alongside their banded book.
Planning, coverage and progression
English long-term plans
Coverage and progression for reading - whole school
KS1 Knowledge and Skills Progression in Writing
KS2 Knowledge and Skills Progression in Writing
Each year, we take part in World Book Day celebrations, dressing up, hosting book-related quizzes, joining in with World Book Day live lessons and much more, as planned by class teachers.
We also run whole school events such as Reading Bingo and sponsored reads to raise money for charity as well as school. During 2022-23, we raised money for children's wards to be able to have new books and to receive visits from storytellers.
At the end of each term, we have our Reading Raffle to promote and encourage reading outside of school. Children have the opportunity, throughout the term, to earn Reading Raffle Tickets; the winner of each class is then drawn at the end of term before they choose a new book to take home.
Pupil Reading Ambassadors spread their love of reading across the school as they talk about the books they love, making recommendations to others; hold story times and even have assembly slots to talk about their favourite books and authors. This year, they will also help with the planning of events such as World Book Day celebrations.
Our Library on the bus is the perfect place to enjoy Storytime, hold quiet reading sessions or borrow a book from.
Keep your eyes peeled in school, for grown-ups wearing Ask Me What I'm Reading badges. Adults in our school love to read and talk about what they are reading so are happy to be asked, 'What are you reading?' throughout the day.
Our teachers plan lots of lovely experiences to write about, such as going on a trip or welcoming a visitor. We always make a point of writing to our visitors to thank them for visiting and sharing their knowledge and experiences with us. They're always a great opportunity to ask lots of questions, too!
The English curriculum provides fantastic opportunities to promote British values through speaking and listening tasks, such as debating, and diversity through choice of author and text. Diversity is something that is a key area of development for us currently, as we strive to provide our children with as much knowledge and understanding as possible, about our excitingly diverse world.