Early Years & KS1
KS2 (Years 3-6)
- Prizes for regular reading in the form of bookmarks and pencils.
- Book Fairs which always creates a buzz around the school community and gives parents an immediate access to books to feed to their children.
- Book Swaps where children bring in previously loved books and swap books with their classmates.
- Book Clubs in which parents are able to purchase quality books for their children and stock up their libraries.
- World Book Day! The best day of the year! Dressing up, fun filled assemblies, and a day dedicated to your favourite books, What could be more fun?
- Author Visits: We have had the honour of inviting some fantastic authors such Gareth Jones and SF Said who have shared their writing process with the children. We aim to develop ongoing relationships with authors and get our children involved in the creative process. In fact, SF Said asked our children to become test readers for his recently published book Tyger! Children were given unpublished manuscripts which they read, commented and gave feedback to the author which SF Said actually took on board and used in his book!
- Reading Workshops: We hold reading workshops for our parents in which we explain why reading is important, how phonics work, and how they can support their children to become lifelong readers.
- Communication and Language in Early Years. We focus on a language rich environment with our early years. This means that children are exposed to vocabulary and phrases through high quality discussions. Teachers interact with children both planned and incidental and talk to children about their interests, through modelling language. We set up activities where children are able to engage with specific vocabulary in Nursery and Reception. We have one to one ‘Tiny Talk’ which ensures that every child has quality interaction with a teacher throughout the week. We expose our children to stories, songs, rhymes and repetition of phrases so they are able to quickly pick up the English language.
- Vocabulary. We understand that many of our children do not come with a literary vocabulary; and that academic success as well as cognitive development is conditional upon language, in particular vocabulary acquisition. Hence, we cannot leave this critical aspect of child development to chance. We select tier 2 vocabulary (the type of words you find in books, rather than everyday vocabulary) and we teach this directly to children, so that children gradually build a network of words that allows knowledge and concepts to be meshed on to.
- Background Knowledge. Many of our children have not had broad experiences that extends their world knowledge to comprehend events and situations in books. Whether that is visiting the countryside, exposure to animals, building sandcastles, fine dining and so on. Never having built a snowman or snowball fight makes it more challenging to ‘comprehend’ these things or even write about them. Hence we teach our children about genre and we help them build up mental models of the world so they are able to understand the world and events that a character in a story may be experiencing.
Reading is the heart of our school. With a structured and engaging program, professional knowledge and passion, and a commitment to the needs of our community; we aim to create a strong foundation for future success. Children, the adventure awaits! Let’s turn the page together.