English is recognised as the central part of the curriculum since all other areas require communication and recording. We use the framework for literacy syllabus to develop these skills in a wide range of stimulating ways. All classes spend at least one hour each day on the essential skills of Literacy. Our aim is to develop the child’s powers of expression and response through talking, listening, reading, writing and SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar).
Speaking and Listening
There are many opportunities for Speaking and Listening at Bishop Wood: discussion in everyday class work with Talk Partners, group work, “hot seating” characters, debates, discussions, drama, role-play and collective worship. Through our teaching in this strand we aim to give all our children the confidence to express themselves in many different situations. It is important that children should understand spoken language and be able to speak with relative fluency.
Reading skills are taught as part of a daily Guided Reading session. Your child will be shown how to analyse text and gain meaning from it during these sessions. Our aim is to develop ‘real’ readers, children who gain great pleasure from reading, have a wide understanding of authors and writing styles and are able to use these skills to enrich their education. Children who are developing basic reading skills are given additional support with graded reading materials to help them to acquire sight vocabulary and phonic skills. Visits by authors and World Book Day are used to inspire and motivate pupils reading and writing. We form a partnership with parents, communicating through their child’s reading record and providing a range of questions to help develop higher order reading skills. Children’s achievements are celebrated through awards such as bookmarks, stickers and badges.
Recommended Reading Advice to Parents
Recommended Reading List for the Lower School
Recommended Reading List for the Upper School
We give our children a wide variety of opportunities to write in different forms: creative stories, descriptions, poems, reports, personal accounts, letters, reviews, recipes and instructions. Children are encouraged to redraft, correct and edit some of their work using a Success Criteria. The children will also have clear personal targets which are discussed with the child and will help to improve their work, taking them to the next level. Every fortnight a quite atmosphere is created so the children can write for an extended time (Big Write). The children have previously planned their writing and can practice their writing targets.
Handwriting and SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar)
Alongside reading and writing runs a programme of grammar, spelling and punctuation appropriate for the child. Games and investigations are used to teach each these important aspects of English.
Spell to Excel - Spelling Assessment Information Letter
Spelling - Year 3 High Frequency Words
Spelling Assessment 1 - Years 3 & 4 - Key Words
Spelling Assessment 2 - Years 3 & 4 - Key Words
Spelling Assessment 1 - Years 5 & 6 - Key Words
Spelling Assessment 2 - Years 5 & 6 - Key Words
Learning Spellings - Ideas for Parents
Spell Prompt Cards
Pupils are encouraged to develop a joined, fluent style of handwriting with emphasis on high standards of presentation.