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:
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. A termly overview for each year group is available on the website. A range of genres are covered across each term, covering fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
Phonics and Spelling
Phonics and spelling teaching is delivered in Foundation Stage and Year 1 using the Letters and Sounds guidance and using a range of resources including Floppy Phonics, and in Year 2 upwards following the No Nonsense Spelling Programme.
A range of reading books are available in the whole school scheme (N-6) to support reading development but the core materials used are 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 instil a love of reading for pleasure. Books are selected based on ability rather than year group.
Continuous cursive is the style of choice, when we write at Beaconside, and links can be found below to examples of this handwriting style.
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, links with the local library, school book fairs, and two Reading Champions, adults who promote and support reading within the school.
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