At Kingsnorth CEP School we aim to develop pupils’ abilities within an integrated programme of Speaking, Listening, Reading & Writing.
Pupils will be given opportunities to develop the requirements of the National Curriculum for English within a broad and balanced range of activities, with opportunities to consolidate and reinforce taught literacy skills through their application in all subjects.
English Curriculum is delivered using units of work in three areas: Narrative, Non-fiction and poetry. The Early learning Goals and Development Matters Statements are followed to ensure continuity and progression from the Foundation Stage through to the National Curriculum. At Kingsnorth CEP School, pupil provision is related to attainment, not age.
Children will develop a range of skills and will work towards being able to:
- Read easily and fluently.
- Read with good understanding
- Acquire a wide vocabulary.
- Discuss, elaborate and explain their understanding and ideas.
- Be ‘competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.
- Write accurately.
- Write clearly and coherently, adapting language and style in a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.
- Know the grammatical terms, have an understanding of grammar and use it correctly. (Spelling Punctuation and Grammar)
- Understand, through being shown, the skills and processes essential for writing: thinking aloud to explore and collect ideas, drafting, and re-reading to check their meaning is clear, doing so as the writing develops.
- Pupils should be taught to monitor whether their own writing makes sense;
- Speak clearly with confidence and purpose in a variety of contexts, adapting the style of speech for different audiences;
- Develop a range of listening skills; identifying and analysing differences in styles of speech and types of language;
- Read and write with confidence, fluency and understanding, orchestrating a range of independent strategies to self-monitor and correct;
- Have an interest in books and read for enjoyment;
- Have an interest in words, their meanings; developing a growing vocabulary in spoken and written forms;
- Understand a range of text types and genres – be able to write in a variety of styles and forms appropriate to the situation;
- Be developing the powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness;
- Have a suitable technical vocabulary to articulate their responses;
- Take pride in the presentation of their work, writing with a clear and legible style and developing the skills to use ICT to enhance it’s presentation.
We encourage parents to hear their children read on a regular basis, and discuss the books they are reading together. We also hold a Book Week each year to celebrate literature, often including a day when the children can dress as a fictional character.
We also run a Reading Club at lunchtime to particularly encourage a love of reading for our boys.
Kingsnorth CEP School are proud of our own library resources. We also have our own experienced Librarian who can support pupils with their reading choices.
Here is a special video created to trumpet the wise words of one of our pupils : https://vimeo.com/192673531
Read Write Inc
At Kingsnorth we follow a fast-paced, rigorous and structured phonics programme called Read Write Inc, developed by Ruth Miskin, which helps get every child reading fast and gives teachers the confidence and skills to deliver high-quality teaching every day. It uses age-appropriate materials with proven results for older struggling readers to help them catch-up fast with clear and supportive teaching materials. Every child is encouraged to read the text for meaning, with three readings of each story to ensure that the story is understood and read with fluency and expression.
Lessons for older children are adapted from Ruth Miskin’s ‘Literacy and Language’ programme which gives pupils the opportunities to read rich anthologies of complete texts by leading children’s authors through a ‘three layers of text’ approach, and explore the text in depth with a wealth of engaging activities linked to the texts. This ensures that all children develop deep comprehension.
During lessons, a range of approaches are used to instil a love of reading and encourage wider reading, such as electronic picture books, the story store, wider reading lists. Children read complete fiction and non-fiction texts from a range of classic and contemporary leading children’s authors and poets.
Vocabulary is taught in the context of the stories in both of these programmes. The teacher uses the words and phrases, and children are encouraged to use them in talk and in their writing.
Children read powerful words to develop a knowledge of exciting vocabulary. These ‘power words’ are shown in bold in the anthologies and displayed in the classroom, and there are ‘word power’ and ‘special phrases’ activities in every unit.
Speaking and Listening
At Kingsnorth, all the Read Write Inc. programmes have partner work at their heart. Children work in pairs and talk together at every stage of the lesson to enhance their spoken language and embed their understanding. Daily ‘Big Questions’ to stimulate debates, presentations, and sharing ideas through partner work and class discussions all promote deeper thinking and develop speaking and debating skills.
Literacy at Kingsnorth CEP School has writing activities which are linked to the storybooks at every level, as well as handwriting activities. They include many structured activities such as ‘Build a sentence’ to help children become better writers.
Children write regularly in their Literacy books and are encouraged to evaluate and edit their work to ensure accuracy. Children are given structured writing activities related to the stories they read, with support for grammar, punctuation and spelling embedded throughout.
Pupils are taken through a clear process – Plan a story 1,2,3 and Write a story 1,2,3 which ensures all children achieve great results with their writing.
The Anthology texts offer a wide range of contexts, purposes and audiences, and are a springboard for extensive writing practice, for example through ‘build a sentence/character/setting’ activities set out in the Pupil Books and on the software.
Grammar is taught in context through writing. There are regular grammar practice tests to prepare pupils for the end of KS2 tests, and support for teacher through a ‘Grammar Bank’ with built in mini-tests.
Every day, children develop and share ideas through partner work. They think out loud before they write to help them hold more complex ideas and sentences. ‘Big Questions’ provide opportunities to explain and elaborate. These discussions underpin the planning for ‘build a story’ and drama activities. Children write ambitiously and confidently by planning, rehearsing aloud, drafting and editing their writing.
Every fortnight, Kingsnorth CEP School an 'extended writing’ session in Year 1-6, providing children with the confidence to ‘have a go’ at writing creatively. It aims to raise standards in writing through talk, teacher modelling, editing and understanding how to improve. It is based on the premise that talk is essential to writing. If they can’t say it, they can’t write it!
Teachers at Kingsnorth CEP School use opportunities for extended writing to accurately assess their class, and provide targeted teaching and helpful individual feedback.