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Barrington Primary School

"Supporting each other to achieve together"

English

Intent

At Barrington, our intent is to encourage children to become passionate and enthusiastic lifelong readers of a wide range of texts, who have the ability, knowledge and skills to become self-assured users of spoken and written language.

In addition to a daily literacy session, we teach many English skills throughout the school day, particularly when children are sharing their ideas, views and feelings in other subject areas.

We want every child to leave Barrington equipped with the English skills they need to thrive and succeed.

Implementation

Talk for Writing

All children learn to write through Talk for Writing. Talk for Writing was developed by the author Pie Corbett.

While it is designed to be fun and creative to engage the children’s interest, it is also a tried and tested systematic and cumulative approach to developing young writers.

Talk for Writing starts with enjoying and sharing stories. It is rooted in the belief that schools should increase the amount children read and are read to and at its heart there is a strong ‘literature spine’ which identifies key stories, picture books, poems and non-fiction which will be read and drawn upon when teaching writing. Through regular reading, we want children to build up an extensive and rich vocabulary for use in their own writing.

During the initial 'imitation' stage of Talk for Writing, children will learn to tell a story off by heart. They retell a text with expression and actions and make use of a story map to support their retelling. Once the story is learnt, children are encouraged to adapt it. At the 'innovation' stage, children make the story their own, for example, by changing the character or setting. Finally, at the 'invention’ stage, children write their own text independently.

Writer of the Week

Our writing is celebrated and proudly displayed in classrooms and around the school.

In addition, each week a writer of the week is chosen from each class for special effort or achievement.  These children are recognised in our newsletter and their work is displayed in the school for everyone to see.

Reading

At Barrington, every year group has a dedicated daily reading session: we systematically teach children to decode and then explicitly teach the skills to enable children to acquire and refine a variety of comprehension strategies.

All pupils will have an ability appropriate reading book of their choice which they read at home and during an allotted slot in the school day. A Reading Record Book allows parents and carers to make their own comments when they have heard their child read at home. We expect children to read on a daily basis at home for a minimum of 10-15 minutes building up to longer periods as they progress through the school and ask parents and carers to set aside time to do this.

Phonics

Phonics is a way of teaching children to read and write.

It is the ability to hear, identify, and manipulate sounds and understand the link between the sound (phoneme) and the way it is written (grapheme).  At Barrington progression in phonics is taught using the Letters and Sounds Programme.

Accelerated Reader

Accelerated Reader is a powerful tool for both monitoring and managing independent reading practice while promoting reading for pleasure.

It used in years in 2 - 6. Accelerated Reader is a computer program that will help to develop a child’s independent reading. After a baseline assessment, children select a book from within a range at the level identified for them, and when finished take a short quiz on the computer at school.  All of the school books are labelled with a colour sticker that will help guide the children in choosing a book that is right for them. Parents are able to follow the progress of their children by registering with the Home Connect feature. This is currently being rolled out throughout the relevant year groups.

Curriculum and Assessment

The majority of children in our school setting will be working towards achieving curriculum objectives for their own year group. 

This is a direct result of the introduction of the 2014 National Curriculum and the change in assessment methodology.  Each year group is working with and assessing against a discrete stage.  Please speak to your child’s teacher if you have any questions about this.

Impact

We believe reading and writing are key life skills and are the doorway to a lifetime of learning.

Our approach is to offer a layered and challenging curriculum which empowers pupils to build a wide repertoire of literacy skills and deep knowledge of different genre which they can use and apply across the curriculum. Our pupils will become confident and competent users of English throughout their school years and beyond.

Our English Subject team is Mrs T Kerr and Mrs L Lancaster