Reading and Phonics at Greenleas
At Greenleas we see reading as an integral part of the school curriculum that impacts on all learning. We strive to ensure that all children become successful, fluent readers by the end of Key Stage One. We believe this is achievable through a combination of strong, high quality, discrete phonics teaching combined with a whole language approach that promotes a ‘Reading for Pleasure’ culture. At Greenleas, we believe that all our children can become fluent readers and writers. This is why we teach reading through Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised, which is a systematic and synthetic phonics programme. Click on the link for further information and support, including videos on how to pronounce each sound correctly.
Reading for pleasure is at the heart of our approaches to all forms of reading, and responding to reading.Children read in school independently, in guided groups, with reading buddies, and as a shared class session. Time is set aside for sharing quality texts with our children both in class and between classes. Our aim is for children to enjoy reading a wide range of different books and to be able to confidently talk about different books, authors and preferences. Older children are given the opportunity to read to, and with younger children. Assemblies and book celebration days are used to promote the latest recommended children's read and children are encouraged to visit our school library full of exciting books. We also enjoy regular visits from our local librarian.
Our Reading aims are:
- To develop phonetic skills which lead to blending and reading accurately and fluently.
- To promote confidence and positive attitudes to reading through access to a wide range of literature.
- To develop their vocabulary and comprehension of what they have read.
- To provide a range of books celebrating diversity.
- To encourage good home/school partnerships.
- To use quality texts which celebrate British values.
- To enable children to analyse what they read and to participate in discussion and debate about texts.
- To monitor each child's progress through the use of a range of assessment strategies .
- To support those children who require additional help with their reading.
Writing at Greenleas
At Greenleas we endeavour to create a love for literacy. We want every child to leave our school with the skills of an excellent writer who:
- Has the ability to write with fluency and has an author’s voice
- Can think about the impact they want their writing to have on the reader and know how they will achieve this
- Can use a wide range of ambitious vocabulary and has an excellent knowledge of writing techniques to extend details or description
- Can structure and organise their writing to suit the genre they are writing in and include a variety of sentence structures
- Displays excellent transcription skills that ensures their handwriting is well presented, joined and legible, correctly punctuated and spelled correctly
- Re-reads, edits and improves their writing so every piece they produce is to the best of their ability
During their time at Greenleas, children develop their skills by exploring a whole range of different genres, with a focus on exploring a range of models of excellence and using these to guide the drafting and editing process. It is important to note that we not only develop a real enjoyment of writing in English lessons but in all subjects across the curriculum. We expect the highest standards of writing every time a child writes in any subject.
Learning From Home
Click on the links below for lots of different way to learn and enjoy English at home.