Helping with English

At Bowsland Green Primary School we believe that language and literacy is fundamental to the overall development of the child and enables their access to the curriculum in all its aspects. It is acknowledged that “speaking and listening, together with reading and writing, are prime communication skills that are central to children’s intellectual, social and emotional development” (Rose 2006).

Bowsland Green follows the Primary Literacy Framework to enable the delivery of quality first teaching of basic and higher order reading, writing and listening skills and to equip children to become confident and successful in their literacy.

We strive to deliver Literacy in a cross-curricular manner to enable the learning to take place through a source of interest and fun, relevant to everyday life.

Reading

At Bowsland Green Primary School, we believe in developing a reading culture throughout the school by creating welcoming book areas in classrooms, a school library which hosts a variety of reading genres, and raising the profile of reading through a print rich environment, attractive book displays and promoting the written word at all   times.

High priority is given to reading throughout the school. Children are placed in ability groups for reading and read a wide range of reading books. This method of guided reading ensures children are taught a range of reading skills which they practice at school and home. Guided reading takes place every week focussing on the individual     targets for the group. APP reading is updated where possible during this session.

The children are given targets, linked to basic skills for reading. These targets are shared with the children to enable them to apply when reading independently. Children are able to take home a reading/ library book to read to their parent/carer at least three   times a week. Parents make a comment in their child’s home-school reading diary on     how their child reads.

At Bowsland Green, we use the Read Write Inc phonics programme to teach systematic synthetic phonics. RWInc phonics is a powerful teaching tool which ensures that young children will be well-placed to read and spell words with fluency and confidence by the time they reach the end of KS1. It is taught each day in a fun way but also with rigor and pace.

Teaching begins informally in term one of the Foundation Stage and more formally in term two, after the children are assessed and grouped according to their reading ability.

Children are then taught in small ability groups that are appropriate to their stage of reading. They are reassessed every six weeks and moved according to the progress they have made. Children who exit the programme with good reading development move onto the national literacy strategy. We aim to have the majority of children out of Read Write Inc by the end of year 1.    Find out More

Questions to ask your child when they are reading…

Helping Your Child with Reading – questions to ask

Our new reading Scheme…

Find out more – Our New Reading Scheme

Writing

At Bowsland Green Primary School, we believe that writing should be a creative/developmental process both at a functional and an imaginative level. All attempts at writing are valued and we know that all children have potential to be successful writers. Immersion in reading, talk and preparation for writing is essential to the writing development process.