Reading

The Reading Subject Leaders are Miss Stephenson (Early Years & KS1) & Miss Taylor (KS2)

Subject Pupil Ambassadors for Reading are Rosie and Jim.

https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/at-school/

Curriculum Drivers

Curriculum drivers shape our curriculum breadth and our ambition for our children to study the best of what has been thought and said by many generations of academics and scholars.

They are derived from an exploration of our children’s backgrounds, within our locality, underpinned by our beliefs about high quality education and our values, rooted in the Mission of the Church. They are used to ensure we give our children appropriate and ambitious curriculum opportunities, applicable to them. The fundamental principles of education, within all subject areas, at St Joseph’s are:

  1. Growth: Pupils aspire to be the best and grow to achieve their dreams.
  2. Diversity: Our pupils recognise the diverse world in which we live, in turn broadening their horizons.

Threshold Concepts in Reading

These are the ‘big ideas’ that shape our children’s thinking within each subject. The same threshold concepts will be explored in every year group and the children will gradually increase their understanding of them.

Exploring a concept will never be complete; our children will continue to explore them for as long as they study the subject, within different contexts, to ensure this learning has tangibility and meaning.

  • Read words accurately

This concept involves decoding and fluency.

  • Understand texts

This concept involves understanding both the literal and more subtle nuances of texts.

Essential Characteristics of Reading

Each child will develop the following characteristics, during their time at St Joseph’s, when exploring the Threshold Concepts:

  • Excellent phonic knowledge and skills.
  • Fluency and accuracy in reading across a wide range of contexts throughout the curriculum.
  • Knowledge of an extensive and rich vocabulary.
  • An excellent comprehension of texts.
  • The motivation to read for both study and for pleasure.
  • Extensive knowledge through having read a rich and varied range of texts.

Breadth of Study

The overview below provides a breadth of study which meets the requirements of the National Curriculum:

Key Stage 1 Key Stage 2
• Listen to traditional tales.
• Listen to a range of texts.
• Learn some poems by heart.
• Become familiar with a wide range of texts of different lengths.
• Discuss books.
• Build up a repertoire of poems to recite.
• Use the class and school libraries.
• Listen to short novels over time.
• Read and listen to a wide range of styles of text, including fairy stories, myths and
legends.
• Listen to and discuss a wide range of texts.
• Learn poetry by heart.
• Increase familiarity with a wide range of books, including myths and legends,
traditional stories, modern fiction, classic British fiction and books from other
cultures.
• Take part in conversations about books.
• Learn a wide range of poetry by heart.
• Use the school and community libraries.
• Look at classification systems.
• Look at books with a different alphabet to English.
• Read and listen to whole books.

 

Milestones

Because the Threshold Concepts are repeated in every year group, it is important that the children progress in their understanding of them. Therefore, ‘Milestones’ are used, which contain a range of descriptors which give more detail to be discovered within the concept. Over a two year period (for example, Years 1 and 2), the children will become more and more familiar with these details by exploring them in a breadth of contexts. Milestones form part of our internal Medium Term Plans.

 

Writing

The Writing Subject Leaders are Miss Stephenson (Early Years & KS1) & Miss Taylor (KS2)

Subject Pupil Ambassadors for Writing are Rosie and Jim.

https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/english/primary-writing/

https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/english/primary-grammar/

https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/english/primary-spelling/

https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/english/primary-handwriting/

Curriculum Drivers

Curriculum drivers shape our curriculum breadth and our ambition for our children to study the best of what has been thought and said by many generations of academics and scholars.

They are derived from an exploration of our children’s backgrounds, within our locality, underpinned by our beliefs about high quality education and our values, rooted in the Mission of the Church. They are used to ensure we give our children appropriate and ambitious curriculum opportunities, applicable to them. The fundamental principles of education, within all subject areas, at St Joseph’s are:

  1. Growth: Pupils aspire to be the best and grow to achieve their dreams.
  2. Diversity: Our pupils recognise the diverse world in which we live, in turn broadening their horizons.

Threshold Concepts in Writing

These are the ‘big ideas’ that shape our children’s thinking within each subject. The same threshold concepts will be explored in every year group and the children will gradually increase their understanding of them.

Exploring a concept will never be complete; our children will continue to explore them for as long as they study the subject, within different contexts, to ensure this learning has tangibility and meaning.

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  • Present neatly

This concept involves developing an understanding of handwriting and clear presentation.

  • Spell correctly

This concept involves understanding the need for accuracy.

  • Punctuate accurately

This concept involves understanding that punctuation adds clarity to writing.

Composition

 

  • Write with purpose

This concept involves understanding the purpose or purposes of a piece of writing.

  • Use imaginative description

This concept involves developing an appreciation of how best to convey ideas through description.

  • Organise writing appropriately

This concept involves developing an appreciation of how best to convey ideas through description.

  • Use paragraphs

This concept involves understanding how to group ideas so as to guide the reader.

  • Use sentences appropriately

This concept involves using different types of sentences appropriately for both clarity and for effect.

Analysis and presentation

  • Analyse writing

This concept involves understanding how grammatical choices give effect and meaning to writing.

  • Present writing

This concept involves learning to reflect upon writing and reading it aloud to others.

 

Essential Characteristics of Writing

Each child will develop the following characteristics, during their time at St Joseph’s, when exploring the Threshold Concepts:

  • The ability to write fluently and with interesting detail on a number of topics throughout the curriculum.
  • A vivid imagination which makes readers engage with and enjoy their writing.
  • A highly developed vocabulary and an excellent knowledge of writing techniques to extend details or description.
  • Well-organised and structured writing, which includes a variety of sentence structures.
  • Excellent transcription skills that ensure their writing is well presented and punctuated, spelled correctly and neat.
  • A love of writing and an appreciation of its educational, cultural and entertainment values.

Breadth of Study

The overview below provides a breadth of study which meets the requirements of the National Curriculum:

Key Stage 1 Key Stage 2
Narrative • Write stories set in places pupils have been.
• Write stories with imaginary settings.
• Write stories and plays that use the language of fairy tales and traditional tales.• Write stories that mimic significant authors.• Write narrative diaries.
• Write stories set in places pupils have been.
• Write stories that contain mythical, legendary or historical characters or events.
• Write stories of adventure.
• Write stories of mystery and suspense.
• Write letters.
• Write plays.
• Write stories, letters, scripts and fictional biographies inspired by reading across the curriculum.
Non-fiction • Write labels.
• Write lists.
• Write captions.
• Write instructions.
• Write recounts.
• Write glossaries.
• Present information.
• Write non-chronological reports.
• Write instructions.
• Write recounts.
• Write persuasively.
• Write explanations.
• Write non-chronological reports.
• Write biographies.
• Write in a journalistic style.
• Write arguments.
• Write formally.
Poetry • Write poems that use pattern, rhyme and description.
• Write nonsense and humorous poems and limericks.
• Learn by heart and perform a significant poem.
• Write haiku.
• Write cinquain.
• Write poems that convey an image (simile, word play, rhyme and
metaphor).
Note: Only the following are statutory at KS1:

  • personal experiences
  • real events
  • poetry
  • different purposes.
Only the following are statutory at KS2:

  • narratives
  • non-fiction
  • poetry
  • different purposes.

 

Milestones

Because the Threshold Concepts are repeated in every year group, it is important that the children progress in their understanding of them. Therefore, ‘Milestones’ are used, which contain a range of descriptors which give more detail to be discovered within the concept. Over a two year period (for example, Years 1 and 2), the children will become more and more familiar with these details by exploring them in a breadth of contexts. Milestones form part of our internal Medium Term Plans.

Useful Curriculum Links:

http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/index.htm

http://www.pearsonschoolsandfecolleges.co.uk/demos/aaPrimary/Literacy/phonemes/Alphabet.html

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zvq9bdm

https://teachyourchildtoread.co.uk/  – sign up for free e-books, linked to Phonics.

http://readingeggs.co.uk

www.booktrust.org.uk

http://www.magickeys.com/books/index.html#books

http://www.amblesideprimary.com/ambleweb/literacy.htm

http://www.coxhoe.durham.sch.uk/school-life/fun-and-games

http://www.shakespeareandmore.com

http://www.worldbookday.com

www.lovereading4kids.co.uk

www.booksforkeeps.co.uk

www.literacyshed.com

Daily creative writing task, including story starters, daily sentence work http://www.pobble365.com

https://spellingframe.co.uk

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/games/learning-area/reading-and-writing

Oxford Owl – Free e-books!!!! – https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/  (simply create a free log in to access lots of books online. Reception – Year 6)

https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/tips-and-advice/reading-tips/

Creative, fun activities to support children’s literacy http://www.lovemybooks.co.uk/

Free home learning packs/book and library challenges/quizzes/discussion guides/games and stories written by children for children! You can also now draw/write your own stories, poems, reviews, diaries etc, in the app too https://thereadingrealm.co.uk/