English

By Gary Evans on Thursday, September 10, 2015 in Uncategorized. No Comments

English

English is a subject which consists of speaking and listening, reading, writing, spelling and grammar. We have high expectations when teaching these aspects and enforce it throughout all areas of learning.

Speaking and listening

This is a vital element of every lesson. We encourage the children to voice their opinions and share their ideas in both small and larger groups. Speaking and listening is also enhanced through a variety of other activities, such as role play.

Reading

At Bournville Junior School, we promote a ‘love of reading’ and encourage the children to read as many books of different genres as possible. We have an ‘author of the moment’ in each classroom. This enables the children to experience quality texts by that author, as well as find out information about their life. All classrooms also have a reading corner full of a variety of texts, encouraging the children to read more widely.

Reading is evident throughout the whole curriculum. However, it is specifically taught during ‘Guided Reading’ sessions. The children are placed in ability groups named after well-known authors. Each week the children are given a text and teaching staff will question the children and discuss the text with them to gauge their understanding of what they have read. There is an assessment focus (AF) for each aspect of comprehension. These AF’s are:
•AF1 – to use a range of strategies including accurate decoding of text, to read for meaning.
•AF2 – to understand, describe, select or retrieve information, events or ideas from texts and use quotation and reference to text
•AF3 – to deduce, infer or interpret information, events or ideas from texts
•AF4 – to identify and comment on the structure and organisation of texts, including grammatical and presentational features at text level
•AF5 – to explain and comment on writers’ use of language, including grammatical and literary features at word and sentence level
•AF6 – to identify and comment on writers’ purposes and viewpoints, and the overall effect of the text on the reader
•AF7 – to relate texts to their social, cultural and historical contexts and literary traditions.

In addition to Guided Reading in class, the children are also given a home reading book which they are encouraged to read either with an adult or independently. Adults and children are encouraged to comment in the reading section of their planner.

Furthermore, children have the opportunity to visit the school’s library to choose two books at a time to take home to read, share and enjoy.

Bug Club is an additional resource that we encourage the children to use at home. It is an online reading resource which provides the children with electronic reading books suitable to the level at which they are reading. The children can complete quizzes which ask questions related to the different AFs mentioned above.

Writing

Children are taught to write in many forms when exploring a variety of genres. These include forms of fiction, non fiction and poetry. As well as studying text types, they also have a grammar focus which is linked to their writing. We expect each child will eventually use a cursive script for handwriting.

SPAG

As a school, we recognise the importance of accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar and have therefore identified spelling as a whole school priority. Unless your child is in Year 6, it will obviously be some time before they will take SATs.. However, with the inclusion of a spelling test, it will be important that children are confident and familiar with the exception words outlined in each pupils planners. It will be beneficial for you and your child to look at the specific spelling target their class teacher has set for them, and set aside a few minutes to practise these regularly.
Rather than learning spellings by rote, a little, often and fun approach is recommended. Happily, there is a wide range of engaging resources for children to practise their spellings:

 

 

 

http://www.howtospell.co.uk/spellingstrategies.php

 

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