‘The most important gift a school can give a child is the power to read.’
(Ofsted, Reading by six. How the best schools do it, 2009).
‘English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others, and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; pupils who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised.’ (DFE, 2014).
‘The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.’ (DFE, 2014).
At Lindfield Primary Academy, we are passionate about reading and believe that confidence in reading ‘is one of the main resources we have for showing children what words can do.’ (Barrs and Cork, 2001). Our priority is to promote a life-long love of reading which will in turn support children on their journey to becoming confident writers and ‘allow them access to the full curriculum on offer.’ (Ofsted 2019)
Quality texts lie at the heart of our curriculum. We believe that ‘It is through being immersed in quality literature that children begin to realise the power of words and imagination in making stories come alive.’ (Meek, 1998). The wide variety of texts we use across each year group not only underpin children’s learning in reading, writing, speaking and listening, but enhance and underpin learning across the wider curriculum.
With these aspirations, our INTENT for the English curriculum is:
See the Exciting Writing Opportunities taking place across the Academy.
Early Years read the book 'Naughty Bus' as part of their Vroom Vroom topic about vehicles. In the book the bus causes chaos at it drives across the dinner table and even falls in the garden pond! The children then created their own messy scenes to drive their buses through and wrote a sentence about it.
We read the opening to the story The Way Back Home where a little boy gets stuck on the moon. The children thought about how he could return home and wrote their own alternative endings.
Year two have had an exciting few weeks learning about dragons! Inspired by the text 'Tell Me a Dragon' by Jackie Morris, we imagined what our own dragons would look like after our mysterious dragon egg hatched in the classroom! We drew and described our dragons to a partner and then wrote a description.
Year 3 have been learning about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius near Pompeii in AD79. We wrote a description of the eruption as it destroyed the bustling city inspired by 'Escape from Pompeii' by Christina Balit. We collected adjectives, adverbs and powerful verbs and then used these to describe the disaster.
In Year 4 we have been learning about the Stone Age.
As part of our learning, we wrote a character description of a creature from the Stone Age. We each brought in an interesting stone or rock from home and used atmospheric music to help us imagine the creature coming to life through the stone. We then created a detailed model of our creatures using plasticine so that we really focused on the creatures appearance. It was a great way of getting started on a piece of writing and we are all very proud of our work.
As part of our 'Aiming High' topic, Year 5 studied the endangered Snow Leopard and learned all about this beautiful creature. After reading the text, 'Can We Save the Tiger', Year 5 were eager to write letters to various higher powers to persuade them to help us save an endangered animal of our choice.
Ava chose the snow leopard and wrote a fantastic persuasive letter reflecting her passion and determination to save this animal. She worked incredibly hard to plan, draft, edit and publish her letter and included various persuasive features such as: repetition, emotive language and effective rhetorical questions.
During our autumn 'Learning through Stories' week, Year 6 looked at the book 'The Wonder Garden' by Jenny Broom and Kristjana S Williams. The book is a celebration of the vibrant life that can be found in various eco systems around the world. Children explored the eco systems in the book and then created their own wonder gardens based on eco systems of their own choice. George decided to keep things local and wrote some great poems about British wildlife. This poem 'Stoat' demonstrates George's excellent knowledge of stoats but it is also written in a very descriptive and engaging way. Excellent work George.
Humble lord of Britain
Taxing creatures of their meat
O'er the hills and dales
taking down rabbits to eat.
When winter closes its icy fist,
the stoat is not even miffed.
Its fur won't give away the stoat,
because it has now a snow-white coat.
Soon, the winter withers away,
taking with it the stoat's apparel.
But he lives another day,
here to hear the birdsong carol.
Although, the music won't be as loud today -
we're missing a baby jay.
Year Group Overviews
Year Group Steps
Thank you for attending the Early Years Reading meeting. We hope you found it useful. If you couldn't make it the presentation and handouts are available below:
Have you seen the brand new books your children are bringing home in their book bags?
Our wonderful and supportive PTA have funded a new book band scheme for the whole school! The wide range of exciting and engaging books are colour coded relevant to their level- beginning at lilac and ending at black (see image below). This will make it easier for you to understand and track your child’s reading progress. Please do note that the colours are matched to suggested year groups and this may differ depending on your child's requirements.
We want the children to enjoy these books, but please ensure they are well looked after and returned for a swap once they’ve been read.
From year 1 the children will be taught to form cursive letters with a lead in and a lead out. This supports the progression to joined handwriting.
At Lindfield Primary Academy we follow the Systematic Synthetic Phonics Programme (SSP) Read Write Inc.
Read Write Inc. developed by Ruth Miskin, is a whole-school literacy programme for 4-11-year-olds. It is designed to create fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers.
To find out more visit ruthmiskin.com or watch the short video below.
Read, Write Inc. takes place Monday-Friday, 10.45-11.15am for all children in Early Years and Key Stage One and Monday-Wednesday for Key Stage Two.
Here you will find letters outlining the learning taking place in each Read Write Inc. group.
INFORMATION FOR PARENTS ON THE PHONICS SCREENING CHECK
You can generate your own sample word lists for practise at home here
Look at our new show and tell bags!show and tell rota
As a school, we follow the The ‘Babcock No Nonsense Spelling’ programme in order to fully meet the requirements of the National Curriculum and ensure spelling is progressive and consistent across the school. The programme is targeted at years 2-6 and is designed to build firmly on the foundations of high quality phonics teaching and support a shift to the wider understanding of spelling conventions, patterns and rules whilst providing the opportunity to promote the learning of spellings, including statutory words, common exceptions and personal spellings.
Click here for some fun spelling games.
Below is a list of common exception words taken from the National Curriculum that children are required to read and spell by the end of key stage one.
Within the new curriculum are a list of key words that children are expected to be able to spell by the end of Year 4 and Year 6. These words will be the words that your child will be focusing on at home. We have divided the list into smaller groups of words, to be learnt on a half-termly basis. We will assess your child at the beginning of the half term and then at the end. We expect your child to regularly practise these words at home. Back in school, your child will be learning strategies to help spell these words and he/she will also be learning other spelling rules and patterns given in the curriculum.
This marking card shows the marking symbols you will see on your child's work and a key to their meanings.
We believe giving children experience of quality books will not only enhance their literary skills but also inspire them to engage with books, develop a love of reading and create motivation to write.
Below is a wonderful and highly recommended list of ‘100 books to read before…’ series created by Ashley Booth, a Year 6 Teacher in Liverpool.
You will find books suitable for all primary ages in the attachments below.
We’re pleased to tell you about some of the exciting activities that took place in celebration of World Book Day 2019 It was a fantastic week!
Our local Usborne representative Amanda Saunders launched our sponsored read.
The Usborne book fair took place after school and raised huge amounts of money for the school. We are very grateful and look forward to buying lots of new books!
Award winning illustrator William Grill was unfortunately poorly but will be returning to inspire pupils to appreciate the huge breadth of storytelling possibilities images provide.
To celebrate World Book Day, children and staff came to school dressed as their favourite book characters. The day incorporated many themed activities and saw the launch of our illustration competition inspired by the PTA.
An enthusiastic team of storytellers from our wonderful PTA visited each class to share picture books with the children.
There were many other fun, book based activities including DEAR- Drop everything and read which was lots of fun.
View our winning video book reviews! Congratulations to: Key Stage Two winner Tess and joint runners up Tom and Edward. Key Stage One winner Oliver and runner up Will.
We map the writing purposes that we cover each term across the school. This ensures we have a good coverage of skills and that the children are given a wide range of exciting and engaging writing experiences and opportunities.
Don’t miss out!
Entry to this writing competition is voluntary but we would like to encourage children to participate because this is a wonderful opportunity to show off the writing talent we have at our academy.
Your child can get an information sheet from their class teacher, if they haven’t already. Please see below the pictures that each year group will write about. Coloured versions of the images are available in classes and we encourage children to look at them carefully and then let their imaginations run wild!
Children can choose any text type or writing purpose they want, from poems to stories to non-fiction reports. They can even combine a few text types; the options are endless! Handwritten and well-published entries are encouraged and can vary in size from A5 to A3.
All entries MUST be handed in to class teachers on the 11th of February 2019!
We look forward to seeing lots of exciting writing!
Mrs Hall and Miss Duncalfe
Our year 5 poets came a close second in the locality poetry competition on Tuesday 20th March. Martha, Millie, Scarlett, Isla and Leo performed 'Gran Can You Rap' by Jack Ousby. They were judged on their intonation, fluency, sychronisation, actions, enthusiasm and volume and scored highly in all six areas. Very well done children and thank you Miss Foley and Mrs Scott for your support
Below are links to some online resources that you may find useful at home.
(explains how pupils can access school subscribed learning from home)
(free 14 days +free over school closure period)
(hundreds of free books to read online)
(online reading of hundreds of books)
(daily SPAG and writing challenge)
(use the images to inspire writing)
(phonics screening materials for year 1)
(listen to authors read their stories out loud and have a go at some activities)
(lots of active revision of grammar concepts for KS1 and KS2)
(many book recommendations and the opportunity to sample extracts free of charge)
(podcast that answers interesting questions children have)
(Another podcast dedicated to answering children's questions. Andy Stanton, author of Mr Gum, and Carrie Quinlan, a radio 4 actor, host this very silly, vaguely educational show looking at issues such as farting, the history of cheese and why humans aren’t stripy.)
(Stories written by kids are reinterpreted by comedians, musicians and improvisers in fun ways.)
(What if monsters were real... but made of chocolate?” The host, My Eric, takes random, hypothetical situations sent in by children, and improvises stories based on them.)