13th October 2017
Wow – What a fabulous Book Week!
Firstly thank you to everyone who visited the Book Fair this week, helping us raise the profile of reading and earning money for books for our school in the process. I will let you know soon how much money we raised through Book Fair and Read-a-thon.
Secondly, reading photo competition entries are now on the display outside the school hall, so next time you’re passing, take a look at some of the creative reading spots we found!
Well done if you achieved your Read-a-thon target this week; you can now start collecting in any sponsor money and please return it to school along with your sponsor card by next Friday.
Finally, thank you to all those who stayed to watch our vocabulary parade yesterday – there were so many super costumes and words around school and we had lots of fun later in the morning during our catwalk parade in the hall, sharing vocabulary and looking at each other’s outfits – well done everyone on a super week!
At Cookridge Holy Trinity Primary School, as an inclusive school, we aim to achieve the highest standards of Literacy capable for all our pupils. We aim for our pupils to leave Holy Trinity School being able to both speak and listen for a wide range of purposes in different contexts and being able to read and write for a range of purposes on paper and screen. We aim to instil in all our pupils a love of speaking, reading and writing that will both encourage and support their life long learning journey.
Aims for English learning and teaching at Holy Trinity School
We are continually aiming to raise the standards of achievement in English of all our pupils. Our English curriculum aims to:
- Instil a positive attitude to English by making it interesting, purposeful and enjoyable.
- Develop an awareness of the relevance and importance of literacy skills in the real world.
- Offer a broad based curriculum which enables pupils to operate effectively at their own level within the National Curriculum.
- Promote and encourage the use of a variety of approaches in English to interest and engage all learners.
- Develop, use and understand the language of literacy at their own level
- Develop a clear, legible handwriting style and instil the importance of high standards of presentation.
- Develop the ability to think logically, reasonable and creatively in English lessons.
- Develop the ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
- Provide opportunities to use the skills learned in English in a wide variety of learning situations.
- Allow pupils to achieve a sense of satisfaction through success.
- Develop self confidence and a positive attitude to their abilities.
Spelling in Key Stage 2
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Please check year group pages for spelling lists.
Reading and Phonics
- Phonics Evening
- Reading with your child
- Phase 3 grapheme wall
- Phase 4 grapheme wall
- Phase 3 & 5 graphemes (All graphemes needed for screening check)
Reading with RIC
At our school we develop reading comprehension through regulare lesson starters that we call reading with RIC. This stands for:
Retrieval questions are ones where the answers are right there in the text, and we just need to retrieve them.
Interpret questions require us to think about predictions, reasons, reading between the lines.
Choice questions help us to think about why an author has used specific language or features. What are they trying to achieve?
Around school in each classroom you will see the following symbols for RIC on display:
Sometimes we discuss them aloud and other times we write them in our books.
Here is an example:
Here is another example; this time we would watch the video clip and use it to answer the questions.
A useful guide to language structure progression from EYFS to Y6.
When having conversations with your children at home, try to encourage them to use some of this language and terminology.
YR EYFS Flashcards Language Structures
Y1 Flashcards Language Structures
Y2 Flashcards Language Structures
Y3 Flashcards Language Structures
Y4 Flashcards Language Structures
Y5 Flashcards Language Structures
Y6 Flashcards Language Structures
Useful English websites
Homework help – spelling and grammar games
Suggestions for what to read – Great for ideas if you or your child are struggling to find a good book to get into. There’s a site for adults too!
First News newspapers – great for keeping up to date with the latest world events in a child-friendly way. Watch the news and interesting videos about current affairs. Six copies of the newspaper come into Y6 each week, but you can also buy individual paper copies in newsagents and supermarkets.
Fiction Express – as a school we subscribe to this and read weekly chapters in school. The authors write a chapter each week, we vote and the most popular outcome formulates the following week’s chapter – a great way to get involved in the writing process! All children caneasily be issued with personal log ins so they can access it at home and re-read chapters or read previous texts. Ask your child’s teacher or Mrs Casling for their log in details if you don’t already have them.
Editing in Action Video
- October 2017 – Catwalk for Book Week
- October 2017 – Vocabulary Parade for Book Week
- October 2017 – Book Week Reading Competition
- September 2017 – Year 1 National Poetry Videos
- September 2017 – 5C National Poetry Day
- September 2017 – Year 5 and 6 David Wagner Talk