St. Eanswythe’s CE Primary School have a strong and varied Literacy curriculum. The aim of this is to develop a life long love of reading and writing through immersing children in a wide range of genres in both fiction and non-fiction.
We aim to give our children a rich experience of literature through drama, video, books, ICT, theatre and writing experiences. Talking partners are used regularly to help stimulate ideas and to embed learning. Children get opportunities to share their written work and their reading preferences.
Reading is done in a variety of ways within the school. Children have time to read their own choice of book independently and to adults. All children read books in groups with adult support and are given opportunities to read these aloud and discuss them with each other. A wide variety of modern and historical literature is read to the children to enable them to enjoy texts as a class. Children also share reading as an experience with buddies of different ages e.g. a Year 5 child and a Year R child.
Writing is covered across a range of genre in Literacy lessons, children also do shared writing as a class, in groups and pairs to embed more creative writing techniques which they can then use in their independent work. Children are also given opportunities to write in a variety of different ways across the curriculum.
Read Write Inc.
Read Write Inc. is a method of learning centred around letter sounds and phonics, and we us it here at St. Eanswythe’s CE Primary School to aid children with their initial learning in Literacy.
Reading opens the door to learning. A child who reads a lot will become a good reader. A good reader will be able to read more challenging material. A child who reads challenging material is a child who will learn. The more a child learns, the more he or she will want to find out.
Using Read Write Inc. the children learn to read effortlessly so they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read. It also allows them to spell effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into composing what they write.
At St. Eanswythe’s we have raised the profile of spellings by introducing new ways to learn to spell!
We follow on from our successful Read Write Inc. program in the infants with a bespoke approach to learning to spell in the juniors. We re-cap and build on our phonics knowledge on a daily basis with short 10-15 minutes sessions. The children generate their own spellings based on a given phoneme and corresponding graphemes. They are encouraged to work collaboratively and to share strategies. We are seeing some positive results in overall spelling fluency and building confidence in our children to become fluent at spelling – even the tricky words!
Creative writing drawing on real-life experiences:
Here are some snapshots of events that regularly take place across our school. Whether its dressing up for a themed class day, a trip to the Quarter House in Folkestone, or the theatre in London, these experiences give our children opportunities to write using their imaginations and real experiences.
World Book Day 2020
We celebrated our love of reading and great stories by dressing up as our favourite characters!