Led by Miss Savage
Here, at Kingsdown, we inspire children to become authors, use their imagination and develop their interest into literature using certain books or authors as our hook, or even a trip to somewhere different. From inspirational reads, we can delve into a character’s story and begin to become authors ourselves.
We acknowledge that having a sound understanding of phonics plays an integral role to being able to read and write. Therefore, we support pupils who require it through the use of an extensive phonic programme, that is designed to be a fun and clear approach that happens every day. This is a structured approach to decoding, comprehension and spelling.
All Early Years children begin using the programme and this is developed daily through Key Stage 1. The programme is designed to be completed by the end of the Autumn Term for Year 2 children. For those pupils who are identified as needing to remain on the programme beyond this time, will continue to have this as a daily lesson.
As the children progress through our school, they are introduced to literature of increasing complexity. Reading a range of genres and reading often increases pupils’ vocabulary because they encounter words they would rarely hear or use in everyday speech. We then encourage the use of this new vocabulary and unpick it, and how we could use these words in our writing.
Reading also feeds pupils’ imagination and gives them the ability to transport themselves into different adventures, and we believe that we can help children explore different genres, different worlds and different people through pages in a book. The children are encouraged to draw inferences, make deductions, make predictions and learn to analyse and evaluate a wide range of texts. We encourage and develop our students into successful readers, who see reading as a treat and a joy.
Writing skills are a key priority within our school where children use writing to model their development and understanding. We have a cross curricular approach to the teaching of writing. The children write in a variety of styles which can allow them to understand features of writing genres.
To develop our writing further, we also learn the building blocks of sentence structures and different grammatical features that can pull our reader in. Our EGPS (English, Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling) lessons help us learn the mechanics of writing and help the children to become more accurate writers.