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Reading at Wymondley...

We are passionate about reading and children’s literature at Wymondley School. All classes share a text every day and reading is a key part of each school day. As parents, it is vital that you establish a reading culture at home too and make time for that all important bedtime story. All the years of research tells us that the children who do best in education have had a good foundation in talk and literature at home before the age of five.

Children get better at reading… by reading, by being read to and by discussing the things that they are reading in a relaxed and enjoyable conversation. There are many ways that we as a school help to encourage your child to want read and to find enjoyment from reading detailed below.

Please ask your child's class teacher if there’s anything that you would like to discuss about reading.

 

Shared Reading... Parents (or family members or a family friend if notified in advance as we fully appreciate that parents also have other commitments) of our Reception and Year 1 and 2 children (Puffins and Toucans) are invited to come and join us every Tuesday between 8:45-9:05am and every Thursday between 2:55-3:10pm to share a story with your child. The boost that a child can get from enjoying time reading with friends cannot be underestimated, not to mention the quality time that they get to spend with a family member focused only on them and their book!

 

Online Platforms... We have tried to make home learning as accessible and enjoyable as possible for all, which is why alongside the physical book that your child brings home they also have access to Bug Club in Reception and Year 1 and 2 and Reading Eggs in Year 3,4,5 and 6. These are both digital platforms that can work around the busy lives that everyone leads these days. They are optimised to work on any screen, which means that whether you are enjoying a physical book at home or an online book while you are out and about there is always a way to include reading in your day.

 

Themed Days... We hold regular themed days throughout the school year, during which, children's learning is focused on a particular theme for the day and parents from all classes are invited to come and join us for the first hour of the day to take part in the learning activities with their child, which always proves to be a great morning! World Book Day is always celebrated and days such as Roald Dahl Day have featured in recent years as well.

 

Library Lessons... We take great pride in our school library and even greater pride is seeing it being well used by the children! We operate library lessons for our Reception and Year 1 and 2 children as part of the curriculum where they learn how to use the library and, most importantly of all, how to enjoy the great range of books that our library has!

 

Library Club... We make sure that children in Years 3,4,5 and 6 don't miss out by giving them the option of attending library club each week during their lunch hour. The club is well attended and enjoyed so much by some that they go on to take on the role of school librarian and keep the library in top condition ready to be enjoyed by everyone.

 

Reading Schemes... Children progress through colour book bands, with a wide selection of books which enables our children to have access to a rich and varied range of texts and authors during their time at our school. Our class reading books and our school library books are all updated regularly to make sure that they are appealing and enjoyable for all with a range of challenge to make sure that there is a book for everyone!

 

Parent Volunteers... We are always grateful to our parent volunteers who give up their time to come in and give children even more of that one-to-one reading experience, as every one of our children can never have too much time reading, talking and laughing about a book with an adult! 

 

Reading in and Around the Curriculum... As you can gather, reading is really important to us at Wymondley and as well as all of above, it features strongly throughout the curriculum as well, be that through a guided reading session or through investigating an authentic newspaper from WW2 as part of a History topic, reading is everywhere! 

 

Phonics at Wymondley Through Monster Phonics...

 

Phonics is taught daily through an interactive multi-sensory phonics session, giving children opportunities to practise and apply new learning. We use the 'Monster Phonics' scheme across our school and there are a number of ways that parents can learn more about this and find out how their child can be best supported on their phonics journey below.

Progression through Monster Phonics at Wymondley School...

ReceptionYear 1Year 2

Term 1

s a t p

i n

m d g

o c k ck

e u r

h b

f ff l ll ss 

j v w x

y z zz qu

ch sh th (v) th ng

long oo

ar

Term 2

oo (u)

ow

ee

ur

ai

or 

oa

er

igh

air

oi

ear

ure

Term 3

ccvc cvcc

cvc + phase 3 graphemes

cvc + blending+ segmenting

cvc + compound words


 

 

 

 

Term 1

ff ss zz ll ck nk

tch ve ai

oi ay oy

s/es a-e

e-e i-e o-e

u-e ar

ee

suffix ing/ed

ea

er ir ur

oa oo (u) oo

suffix er/est oe

ou ow

Term 2

ue ew

i before y i e

ie igh

or ore aw

ay air prefix un

ear (long e) ear (air)

are y ph

wh e o

Review

Term 3

phonics screen

review

syllable words

compound words

numbers

contractions

days, colours, months


 

 

 

 

Term 1

dge  g

c kn

gn wr

le el il

al

homophones

vowel suffix drop e

vowel suffix double letter

vowel suffix y to an i

y

al (or)

o (u)

ey

after w-a (o)

after w- or (er)

after w- ar (or)

s (zsh)

ti 

i

Term 2

consonant suffixes

contractions

possessive apostrophe

review adding suffixes

Term 3

review adding suffixes

homophones

vowel suffix drop e

vowel suffix double letter

vowel suffix y to an i

consonant suffix

contractions

possessive apostrophe

CEWs


 

 

 

English at Wymondley is taught through the following content...

 

Year 1/2Year 3/4Year 5/6
Cycle A

Narrative:

Traditional tales

Stories reflecting own experiences

Non-fiction:

Lists, labels and captions

Recounts

Reports

Instructions

Explanations

Poetry:

Learning a familiar poem

Calligrams

 

 

 

Narrative: 

Traditional Tales-alternative fairy tales

Fables

Adventure Stories

Playscripts

Non-Fiction:

Non-chronological reports

Instructions

Recounts

Letters

Poetry:

Haiku and Tanka

List poems and kennings

Humorous poems

 

Narrative: 

Mixed genre (historical/adventure)

Fiction from our literary heritage

Adventure stories

Traditional Tales-Myths

Non-Fiction:

Explanation

Non-Chronological report

Persuasion

Instructions

Poetry: 

Take one poet

Free verse

Poems to perform

 

 

Cycle B

Narrative: 

Stories with predictable phrasing

Stories with recurring language

Myths (creation stories)

Non-fiction:

Labels, lists and captions

Recounts

Instructions

Explanations

Poetry:

Rhyming couplets

Calligrams

 

 

 

 

Narrative:

Traditional tales-legends

Playscripts

Story settings

Stories from relevant cultures

Non-fiction:

Reports

Persuasion

Instructions

Discussions

Explanations

Poetry:

Structure-riddles

Structure-narrative

Free verse

 

 

Narrative:

Mixed genre (character and setting descriptions)

Chilling tales

Narrative diary

Literary heritage-Shakespeare

Non-Fiction:

Explanation

Newspaper reports

Recount

Persuasion

Poetry: 

Free verse

Cinquain

 

 

 

 

Enrichment OpportunitiesLinks Across the Curriculum

Take one book week each term

Author/poet focus each term

Themed weeks 

Parent volunteers

Shared readers

Reading Dog

Masked Reader

World Book Day

Writing for publication/sharing

Writing for different audiences (within school)

 


 

PSHE- mental well being texts

(feel good reads recommended by staff)

PSHE-linked to themes and current issues (class reads and library)

Topic- Range of rich texts used to support topic teaching in 

for geography. history, art and science

Written tasks often linked to topic areas

English- library time for all children

Rights Respecting Schools-texts to support rights and values,

Rights Respecting Schools-children to present in assemblies to their peers

Religious Education- Books that support cultural awareness and celebrate diversity 

 

 

 

 

Writing at Wymondley...

At Wymondley, we aim to give our children a writing curriculum which enables them to become confident, creative and independent writers who are able to articulate their own ideas. We support our children to develop transferable skills which they can use across the wider curriculum and throughout their lives. We use educational visits, high quality literature, film, art and music as stimuli for writing which links learning to real life experience and provides a contextualised, meaningful curriculum. Wymondley pupils leave with a strong independent writer’s voice and the technical skills necessary to communicate clearly in the modern world.

Planning...

Teachers carefully plan writing ensuring that there is a purposeful outcome to each piece of writing. Writing takes place daily within English lessons and in other lessons linked to the wider curriculum. Extended writing is encouraged and developed at all appropriate times. An understanding of how to use grammar correctly, use relevant language and identifying word classes and sentence types is taught both in the context of a piece of writing and explicitly in whole class work. Linked to the National Curriculum guidelines for year groups, grammar is taught and planned to fit in with relevant genres of writing.

Lesson sequence...

In Key Stages 1 and 2, children follow the National Curriculum through a genre-mapped scheme devised by HFL. Where possible, units are linked to the current topic curriculum. This gives children a broad base of knowledge, facts, vocabulary, real life experience and a context to base their writing on. Grammar is mapped by genre and year group, based on the new National Curriculum expectations. Children revisit these genres across the year and their school-life in order to deepen their mastery. In Key Stage 1, children focus on a more narrow range of genres heavily based on familiar stories, experiences and knowledge so that they can concentrate more fully on developing the craft of writing. During Key Stage 2, children broaden their experience of different genres and have the opportunity to develop their writing skills across a range of subjects.

Within each style of writing, children will follow these steps:

  1. immersion; discussing and investigating the features of the genre and ideas for writing
  2. organising and planning their own writing
  3. writing a first draft
  4. editing and improving with support from their teacher and peers
  5. reflecting on their improvement comments and finally redrafting their work.

 

An overview of the DFE programme of study can be found here:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/335186/PRIMARY_national_curriculum_-_English_220714.pdf

 

Handwriting...

We teach children to use a continuous cursive style of handwriting. They start with individual letter formation and correct pencil grip in EYFS. Children begin to join when their letter formation is secure; usually, from the end of Year 1.  Children are expected to produce neat, joined, legible handwriting at all times.

 

Useful Links...

EYFS/KS1

Bug Club https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login?c=0

BBC Bitesize https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zgkw2hv

KS2

Reading Eggspress https://readingeggspress.co.uk/?_ga=2.104306880.1316645759.1641393244-125212892.1591264104

BBC Bitesize https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zv48q6f

 

English in action at Wymondley...

 

    
    
    
    

 

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