The overarching aim at Beaconside 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.
The English curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils:
Further information can be found in the 'English Curriculum Design Statement: Intent, Implementation, Impact' above.
Reading and writing development is approached through a sequence of modelled, shared, guided, collaborative and independent tasks. These tasks are based on a key text and part of a extended unit of work that incorporates the teaching of spelling, grammar and punctuation. An overview for each year group is available on the website. A range of genres are studied in every class covering fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
Phonics and Spelling
Phonics and spelling teaching is delivered in Foundation Stage and KS1 following the Read, Write Inc programme..
A range of reading books are available in the whole school scheme (N-6) to support reading development mainly including Oxford Reading Tree publications starting with Floppy’s Phonics, then progressing to Songbirds, Project X, and Treetops. ‘Real books’ are encouraged and read by pupils as their reading develops to instill a love of reading for pleasure. Books are selected based on ability rather than year group. This complements the core 'home readers' provided for pupils in EYFS and KS1 that are matched to the phonic programme - Read, Write Inc' and the sounds they will be exploring in lessons.
Reading and writing are valued at Beaconside, and success and effort in both areas is rewarded through the Reading Club programme and 'Writer of the Month'.
Our commitment to developing a passion for reading can be seen in the many initiatives we run such as regular story time, peer reading, links with the local library, school book fairs, and Reading Champions, adults who promote and support reading within the school.
We have a whole school approach to handwriting supported by Letter Join.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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