Our aim is to ensure that highly effective strategies and techniques for teaching writing are employed consistently so all pupils write confidently and creatively.
We aim for all children to develop reading strategies to ensure that they can read texts suitable for their age range and to enable them to build a solid understanding of the texts they are reading.
We continue to promote reading for pleasure across the school.
As writers we:
- Write with fluency and detail in a range of topics and styles
- Use our imaginations to make our writing interesting for others to read
- Use ambitious vocabulary
- Vary our writing style and use a range of different structures
- Write neatly, spell correctly and use punctuation
As readers we:
- Know all our letter sounds and names
- Like to read a variety of different texts
- Understand a wide range of vocabulary
- Find meaning in texts
- Read for study and pleasure
- Learn through reading
As language specialists we:
- Listen carefully to others and respect their views and opinions
- Speak clearly to others and use a wide range of vocabulary
- Follow the rules of spoken English, for example using the correct tense and verb agreement
- Retell stories in interesting and imaginative ways
- Enjoy conversations with adults and our friends
- Are confident speakers
- Can read and write fluently
Read, Write Inc
At Swaffield School we use Read, Write Inc, the systematic and structured phonics programme, which has proven to benefit all aspects of literacy, including speaking and listening.
When using Read Write Inc to read
The children will:
- Learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts
- Read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out
- Show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions.
When using Read Write Inc to write
The children will learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent:
- Write letters/letter groups which represent 44 sounds
- Write simple sentences
- Compose stories based on picture strips
- Compose a range of stories based on writing frames
To gain the most from the programme and to have the biggest impact on the children’s literacy levels, it is important all parents/ carers understand how they can help their children and parent/ carer sessions are going to be held to explain the Read, Write Inc. programme in more detail.
You can also visit www.ruthmiskinliteracy.com for more information.
All children from Year 1-6 in the school have many opportunities for a range of extended pieces of writing.
How does Extended Writing work?
The National curriculum puts a big emphasis on the whole process of writing. Children are given time to plan their writing effectively, draft, edit and re-draft before producing their final piece. At Swaffield we enable all children to work through this process to ensure that when it comes to the extended writing session, the children’s finished result is of a high quality.
Spelling, punctuation and grammar remain as a big focus throughout Key Stage 1 and 2. At Swaffield, children are exposed to a wide range of grammatical terms from an early age and are given the tools to confidently apply their grammatical knowledge within their spoken and written language.
What to expect from Swaffield English lessons:
- An engaging, challenging lesson that focuses on a variety of adventurous vocabulary and grammar
- Experience of writing different text types chosen for extended writing e.g. stories, letters, newspaper articles, diary entries and poetry
- A chance to read quality texts to influence writing
- A range of drama-related activities to develop spoken language and to familiarise pupils with certain texts
- Planning opportunities involving discussion eg. creating story maps
- Working with a partner and helping one another to make improvements
- Talk-partner time to develop children’s spoken language and broaden their vocabulary
- Opportunity to earn a special pen license awarded during special celebratory assemblies
The importance of ‘Talk’ for Writing
We strive to give children as many ‘talk’ opportunities as possible in order for them to develop good language skills and a broad vocabulary. This involves teaching children the skills involved in listening and responding appropriately in class and during small group discussions. Your child will be given ‘talk homework’, when appropriate, which gives them a talk topic to discuss with you.
Please visit the Reading and Books page for more information about reading at Swaffield, and reading lists by Year group.
Supporting Your Child
Help at home gives children the best support in reading and writing.
Here is guidance for what you can do at home to support and improve your child's literacy skills before starting school and throughout their years at primary school.
How you can support your child in English
- Guidance for parents of children in Early Years Foundation stage
- Guidance for parents of children in Key Stage 1 (Years 1 & 2)
- Guidance for parents of children in Key Stage 2(Years 3 to 6 inclusive)
- Parents' guidance: Useful addresses
- You'll find some useful resources on the Homework page to help you support your child.