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William Shrewsbury Primary School
William Shrewsbury
Primary School
Learning and Growing Together

English

Teaching and Learning

Phonics and Reading

The school has a structured approach to the teaching of phonics and reading based on the Letters and Sounds scheme. Children are introduced to rhyme and initial phonic work in the Nursery and from Reception to Year 2 a daily focused phonics session is taught to all children. The Oxford Reading Tree scheme is used to support the early reading. Children are also encouraged to read a wide range of real texts. Books are also available for home use. The Reading Maze  library is available for use by Infant parents and children and the Nursery and Reception children also have dedicated home libraries.

The teaching of phonics is continued in the Juniors and leads into a support for spelling programme when the majority of children have acquired all phonics. For the small number of children who need further support intervention and catch up programmes are used. Guided Reading sessions take place regularly in Junior classes to teach higher level reading skills such as inference and deduction. All classrooms have Reading Spaces with fiction books, and all Junior children also have access to a non-fiction lending library.

 

Writing in the curriculum. 

Writing has a close link with reading and we ensure this is evident throughout the school and within our curriculum. We encourage enthusiasm and passion for writing through many different ways. In the infants children use familiar stories, their own experiences and topics to support and enhance their writing. As children move through the school, writing becomes more precise and technical as it links to SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) teaching. 

We believe it is important for children to use their real life experiences to guide their writing so it becomes personal to themselves. In addition to this, writing is planned through cross curricular opportunities as it is important for children to transfer their writing skills to all areas of the curriculum. 

Current national tests in English include:

Year 2: 

Reading Assessment Test

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) 

Writing is judged through on-going Teacher assessment throughout the year and moderation through the Burton Cooperative Learning Trust. 

 

Year 6:

Reading Assessment Test

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) Test

Writing is judged through on-going Teacher assessment throughout the year and moderation through the Burton Cooperative Learning Trust. 

 

New! Bug Club!

Have you used our new online reading scheme? Your child should have a personal log in. This is a fabulous opportunity for children to read a wide range of new, exicting books appropriate to their ability. This allows your child to play games and earn rewards! 

Click here for bug club! 

http://www.educationcity.com/uk/families/overview

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/7-11-years/spelling-and-grammer

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/4_11/site/literacy.shtml

http://www.wordshark.co.uk/wordshark/wordshark-home-use.aspx