English

Reading

Purpose

At Barton Clough we aim to create a love for reading through the exposure of a range of high quality texts that will develop children’s vocabulary and stimulate their imagination. Children are immersed in a world of pictures and words through the use of texts which are rich in meaning.  Our texts are chosen to challenge and enchant the children; they provide a ‘hook’ for children’s learning.

Aims

The Reading Curriculum at Barton Clough aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Read widely and fluently with a secure understanding of what they have read.
  • Develop their comprehension skills through high quality discussions with their class teacher and peers.
  • Acquire and develop a wide range of vocabulary.
  • Develop a love of reading for pleasure and interest.
  • Become skilled in decoding words and recognise familiar words on sight.

To see our skills progression, click here Reading skills Progression

We believe that quality texts enrich learning. We use books to inspire our pupils and unleash creativity. Please click on this link to see which books we use in each year group

Reading at Barton Clough

Reading is a part of all aspects of the curriculum, in EYFS and KS1 we use Read, Write Inc Phonics and Reading. In KS2 we use the Accelerated Reader scheme. We encourage as much reading as possible at school and at home. 

To develop children’s love of stories, we have dedicated story time, across all Key Stages, daily. The teachers read to the children so that they get to know a variety of stories, poetry and information books. They acquire new vocabulary through our word aware teaching, which focuses on embedding new words into their autographic memory. 

We have Reading Ambassadors that support our younger children with their reading in school. 

Phonics and Early Reading

We want your child to love reading – and to want to read for themselves, so we put as much energy as we possibly can into making sure that every single child learns to read as quickly as possible. 

Read, Write Inc is a tried and tested, highly successful phonics programme for children aged 4 to 7 who are learning to read and write. It teaches children how to both decode and understand written language to become confident and enthusiastic readers and writers. This is achieved by a dynamic approach to teaching phonics that is consistent across the school using the Read, Write Inc phonics resources and fully decodable reading books.

Children are grouped according to their ability in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 to ensure that teaching is matched to their level. Phonics in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 takes place on a daily basis. Children in Key Stage 2 that still require phonics teaching, continue with a specially tailored programme to meet their individual needs. 

Shared Reading forms part of the daily phonics lessons and is led by the reading teachers. All texts are linked to the child’s phonic ability. Children enjoy one focus text per week and learning activities support accurate and fluent reading to facilitate comprehension. In addition, children take fully decodable reading books home to further practise skills learnt at school. These books are matched to each child’s phonics ability and are closely monitored by the reading teachers to ensure that children are reading books of an appropriate level. The home reading book is changed once children have read it 3 times. This is to ensure that the book has been read enough times to develop speedy, fluent reading, spending less time segmenting and blending words and more time understanding what has been read. Each child also takes home a picture book to share with their adults at home. 

We start by teaching phonics to the children in the Reception class. This means that they learn how to read the (Phonemes) sounds in words and how those sounds can be written down (Graphemes). This is essential for reading, but it also helps children learn to spell well.

We teach the children simple ways of remembering these sounds and letters. Once the children have learnt to blend accurately, they start to read with fluency. This is achieved through speedy reading of individual words and repeated reads of their shared reading books. ‘Tricky words’ such as ‘once’ ‘said’ ‘the’ are not phonetically decodable and these are taught explicitly as part of the reading session.  

For more information and to access eBooks linked to your child’s phonics phase, please click on the link https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/

Writing

Purpose

At Barton Clough we have designed a curriculum to ignite a passion for the written and spoken language in all children. We believe that children should read and write creatively and be exposed to high quality texts to inspire them to write. Our learning structure seeks to combine a variety of creative, stimulating opportunities with access to visual tools and various different stimuli which seek to engage and enthral pupils to become writers.

Aims

The Writing Curriculum at Barton Clough aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.
  • Reflect upon their writing journey and make improvements throughout.
  • Discuss and explain clearly their understanding and ideas of a text and their own writing.
  • Acquire a wide range of vocabulary.
  • Develop an understanding of grammatical techniques and use these in their writing.
  • Are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.
  • Learn to spell words accurately through knowing the relationship between sounds and letters and the application of spelling rules and exceptions.
  • Develop a fluent and legible handwriting style.

To see our writing progression, please click here Writing progression