Literacy Whole School Overviews
Children across the school have been looking at the life and work of William Shakespeare. We have explored the plot, setting, themes and characters in Hamlet, The Tempest, Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
World Book Day:
As well as sharing stories with children in other classes and writing about characters, we came to school dressed as characters from books.
Children in Years 5 and 6 have created a “Room In A Box” to reflect where book characters live.
School Newsletter produced by KS2 Lunchtime Club:
Literacy is a fundamental life skill and we aim to develop pupils’ abilities within an integrated programme of speaking and listening, reading and writing.
Pupils are be given opportunities to develop their use, knowledge and understanding of spoken and written English within a broad and balanced curriculum.
- To enable children to read, write and talk with confidence, fluency and understanding, using a range of independent strategies to self monitor and correct.
- To encourage a love of reading and a desire to read for enjoyment.
- To promote an interest in words and their meanings; developing a growing vocabulary in spoken and written forms.
- Children will understand a range of text types, media types and genres.
- To enable children to write in a variety of styles and forms appropriate to the situation.
- To support children to use their developing imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness.
- To provide children with a suitable technical vocabulary to articulate their responses.
In Reception children have daily discreet phonics lessons. Children have opportunities to develop their communication, language and literacy skills on a daily basis in both adult led and child initiated activities. Children will work one to one with the teacher on a regular basis.
Key Stage 1:
In Key Stage 1 daily discreet phonics lessons continue. After initial Autumn Term assessments, children are taught phonics in ability groups where necessary. Children have daily literacy lessons with an emphasis on real texts. Children take part in both guided and individual reading sessions and have regular story times to develop a love of reading. Additional literacy sessions include spelling and handwriting. Literacy skills are developed across the curriculum. Provision is made for children who require extra support through intervention and differentiated class teaching.
Key Stage 2:
In Key Stage 2, children have daily literacy lessons, including grammar based lessons. Additional literacy lessons include guided reading, handwriting, class story and spelling. Literacy skills are developed across the curriculum. Provision is made for children who require extra support through intervention and differentiated class teaching.
The National Curriculum (2014) is used to provide a flexible structure to the teaching of Literacy throughout the school. Units of work have been adapted to meet the needs of children at Ettington Primary and are structured to form a long term plan with an appropriate balance of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Weekly planning covers skills required to complete an extended piece of writing (“Big Write”) that week. It should also encompass learning intentions informed by the evaluating and marking of the children’s previous work.
Teachers will seek to take advantage of opportunities to make cross-curricular links. They will plan for pupils to practise and apply the skills, knowledge and understanding acquired through literacy lessons to other areas of the curriculum. The same standard of writing is expected in other curriculum areas as seen in Literacy books.
Home Learning and Parental Support:
At Ettington Primary School we value the support offered by parents and encourage comments in reading journals.
Parent information evenings are held when the need arises so that parents are kept informed of the way that Literacy is taught at Ettington Primary. For example, Big Write sessions, phonics sessions and reading information evenings provide further insight into teaching and learning. Two parents’s evenings a year allow for time to discuss individual children’s progress in Literacy, in which parents are provided with verbal information and targets for the future.
Home learning tasks are set regularly so that children can reinforce skills learned in the classroom.
Home learning journals enable a dialogue between staff and parents. Talk Home Learning tasks are set to encourage parental involvement in Literacy activities taking place in school.
Recognition and Reward:
Children are rewarded for their hard work and effort in different ways. These include, but are not limited to: Weekly Star Writer awards; termly Literacy subject awards; pen licences; sharing of work in assembly; presentation of work on display; personal merits and house points.
Assessment and Target Setting:
Work will be assessed in line with the Assessment Policy.
Assessment is ongoing and will result in personal half-termly literacy targets that children will access and use in all relevant curriculum areas.
We aim to provide for all children so that they will achieve as highly as they can in Literacy according to their abilities. We will identify which pupils or groups of pupils are under-achieving and take steps to improve their attainment. Gifted children will be identified and suitable learning challenges provided.