READING & WRITING
Teachers should develop pupils’ reading and writing in all subjects to support their acquisition of knowledge. Pupils should be taught to read fluently, understand extended prose (both fiction and non-fiction) and be encouraged to read for pleasure. Schools should do everything to promote wider reading. They should provide library facilities and set ambitious expectations for reading at home. Pupils should develop the stamina and skills to write at length, with accurate spelling and punctuation. They should be taught the correct use of grammar. They should build on what they have been taught to expand the range of their writing and the variety of the grammar they use. The writing they do should include narratives, explanations, descriptions, comparisons, summaries and evaluations: such writing supports them in rehearsing, understanding and consolidating what they have heard or read.
At Poulton Lancelyn, we use a number of different strategies to promote a child’s love of books and encourage them to be confident, independent readers. We provide many opportunities to read, enjoy and share books. Each classroom has a reading area which promotes a wide range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry books to support the children’s abilities and interests. Throughout the school day the children are given opportunities to engage in various activities to develop and strengthen their literacy skills through guided reading, story time, individual reading, author studies and phonics activities. Links with the local secondary grammar school are effective, using a reading partnership scheme of 6th form reading mentors to read with the children. Local library links and librarian visits enhance reading opportunities further. The children follow the Oxford Reading Tree and Collins schemes but are actively encouraged to supplement their reading through other reading of books from the library and at home. Children are encouraged to read a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books, comics, newspapers and online information to develop their reading skills.
We are proud to be the lead school in promoting the first POWER OF READING project across Wirral primary schools. Our project lead teachers have been trained by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education who promote high standards in the teaching of literacy. These highly skilled staff members of promote the importance of books and literature to engage and motivate children to develop a love of books. The project aims to develop confident children who are happy and enthusiastic readers and writers using a wide range of books, authors and illustrators which enhance Literacy teaching. They seek to develop children’s skills not only in reading and writing but also through their communication skills of speaking and listening using hot-seating, debates, drama and role-play. This project encapsulates our vision and ethos for Reading and Literacy developing our children into successful life-long learners for our ever changing world, preparing them for the next stage of their education and future careers.
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At Poulton Lancelyn, pupils are taught to develop the stamina and skills to write at length with accurate spelling and punctuation. Writing skills are taught through English, opportunities to apply these skills in writing are offered throughout all areas of the curriculum. Punctuation and grammar expectations clearly set out for each year group in The National Curriculum are taught throughout the year and applied in various genres of writing.
Explicit spelling rules, conventions and patterns are taught within each year group, based on national expectations. Spelling homework based on these rules and conventions is set weekly. Rules and conventions learnt should then be applied within independent writing. Any children who are identified as having specific spelling needs will receive small group spelling teaching to develop strategies.