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Reading at Eastchurch 

 

Reading Curriculum Intent 

 

Here at Eastchurch C of E Primary School, we believe that the teaching of reading is integral to a child’s understanding and appreciation of the world around them; a platform that allows our children to see beyond what they know, share in cultural experiences and develop the vocabulary they need to effectively express themselves. Our reading curriculum strives to foster a lifelong love of reading.  We cultivate the behaviours that the children will need to be discerning readers as they read frequently and widely using self-regulation strategies and discuss what they read. This curriculum is delivered through Systematic Synthetic Phonics (SSP), a linked approach to shared and guided reading, home reading, reading across the curriculum, regular opportunities for independent reading and hearing quality texts read aloud daily. All of these are essential components as they offer the range of opportunities needed to develop fluent, enthusiastic and critical readers.

 

It is important that children are motivated to read at home regularly; when their reading opportunities increase, so does their fluency, stamina and confidence which in turn increases their enjoyment of reading. Therefore, the link between children’s motivation to read and reading for pleasure is reciprocal. Furthermore, we know that reading for pleasure is beneficial not only for reading outcomes, but for wider learning enjoyment and mental wellbeing. This is why, we work hard to foster a love of independent reading to build a community of willing and engaged readers. We understand the importance and significance of parents and carers in supporting their children to develop both word reading and comprehension skills, so we endeavour to build a home-school partnership which enables all to have the confidence to support their children with reading at home.

 

Reading is at the very heart of our curriculum because ‘if pupils are not able to read well, they will not be able to access the full curriculum’ (Ofsted, 2023). We are committed to promoting a love of and a love for reading by not only giving children opportunities to read within English lessons, but in the wider curriculum too.

 

 

Supporting Reading at Home

At Eastchurch we strongly believe that it is so important for teachers and parents to work together to support children in their learning, both at school and at home.

 

Reading with your child at home is one of the simplest but most important ways you can help your child. As you share books, you are helping improve your child’s reading skills, vocabulary, and comprehension, but also showing them how important and enjoyable reading is.

 

Our aims for children’s reading are:

To engender a passion and love for reading within children, who become both independent and reflective readers and who can read fluently and for meaning. Throughout the Reading curriculum, children will be exposed to wide ranging and diverse texts that will develop their knowledge of themselves and the world around them, enable them to establish an appreciation of reading and the richness of vocabulary, to gain extensive knowledge across the curriculum and develop their comprehension skills. We are committed to providing children opportunities to be exposed to high-quality texts that are language-rich, which will support children in understanding what they have read and to express themselves as mature, sophisticated learners. 

Top Tips for Parents Reading at Home KS1 & KS2:

  • Keep reading with your child short – you don’t need to read a whole book or chapter at once.
  • Taking it in turns to read the story. Some of our books have pages for adults to read, as well as your child.
  • Sit close together. You can rest the book on a table and your child can use their finger to point to each word, or they can hold the book themselves.
  • Give your child time to sound out each word if they need to. They might need to do this more than once for the same word, but this is all practise.
  • Be sure to give lots of praise to encourage your child with their reading.
  • Can your child guess what the book is about using the title and front cover of the book? Use the pictures to help with these predictions.
  • Ask questions to check your child’s understanding (see below for examples).
  • Talk about the book afterwards – did your child enjoy it? Why? What was the best bit? If you read a non-fiction book, did they learn anything new? Can they share any facts with other members of their family?
  • Be a good model for your children. Let them see you reading – anything and everything – newspapers, magazines, catalogues, books etc. Let them know that reading is a valuable skill. A bedtime story is also a lovely way for your child to hear you read. You could also try audiobooks (even in the car) – you are still sharing a story together. Sharing stories together stimulates conversations that you might not otherwise have.
  • If your child doesn’t want to read, make sure you still read to them as much as possible. Also, be sure to mention it to your class teacher.

 

Additional KS2 Tips:

What books do I choose?

  • Start with topics that interest your child (space, humour, dinosaurs, sport).
  • The self-selection, self-interest factor is important – let children read what interests them.
  • Ask a librarian or your child’s teacher for recommendations.

Helpful Question Prompts

To help check that your child understands what they are reading, these bookmarks are a great prompt for questioning. Cut out the shapes and stick them back-to-back. Whilst reading with your child, try to choose one question from each section. You could ask more than one type of question per page. This will really support your child's reading at home.

Writing at Eastchurch

 

Writing Curriculum Intent 

 

At Eastchurch C of E Primary School, we want all children to be able to confidently communicate their knowledge, ideas and emotions through their writing and reach their full potential.

Our aims are to:

  • Guide and nurture each individual on their own personal journeys to becoming successful writers through their interactions with reading high quality text.
  • Provide exciting writing opportunities and experiences that engage and enhance all pupils.
  • We want all children to acquire a wide vocabulary and to be able to spell new words by effectively applying the spelling patterns and rules they learn throughout their time in primary school.
  • We want all children to have a solid understanding of grammar and apply it effectively to their writing.
  • We want them to write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.
  • We believe that all children should be encouraged to take pride in the presentation of their writing, in part by developing a legible, cursive, individual handwriting style by the time they move to secondary school.
  • We want every child to have a good knowledge of phonics to springboard children to becoming fluent writers.
  • To plan a progressive curriculum to build upon previous teaching, with regular assessment to ensure each child’s needs are met to reach their full potential.

 

Summary of the DfE's reading framework

  • DictionaryThis dictionary has simple definitions to help you understand words you don't know.

  • ThesaurusA thesaurus will help you choose synonyms to make your writing more exciting and interesting. Read the sentence out to check it makes sense before you commit to the new word!

  • Etymological DictionaryThis type of dictionary tells you where a word comes from originally - this can be really useful for understanding the spelling and meaning of the word.v

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