English

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Reading
 
At St Barnabas', we believe that the use of high quality books within the reading curriculum is at the heart of a school’s successful approach to engage and support children to become motivated and independent readers. If children enjoy reading, they read more frequently and become better readers. We teach and encourage our children to be inspired as readers and motivated to read for themselves.
 

We use the Power of Reading scheme to help plan and resource our English lessons. The Power of Reading scheme enables us all to:

 

1. Build a collection of books from a wide and diverse range of authors, illustrators, genres and forms

2. Become familiar with the ways in which different books can be used to support a variety of reading experiences

3. Choose books and multimodal texts with high quality artwork and production values which complement, support or extend the text or story

4. Ensure there are texts that our children can engage with in a variety of ways depending on their views, responses, maturity, tastes and choices

5. Select texts that present information in a variety of interesting ways

6. Allow our children to see themselves reflected in what they read and to have the opportunity to investigate

other lives, worlds and perspectives

7. Take risks with the books we read and introduce to children

8. Respect our children’s tastes and choices, ensuring that the texts we choose foster and increase their experience of literature as well as supporting current interests

9. Choose books that are worth revisiting, re-reading and provide the opportunity to respond in a variety of cross-curricular and creative ways

10. Select books that include rhyme, rhythm and pattern, encouraging children to play with language so that they see reading as a meaningful and fun process

Writing
 

Developing children as writers is so much more than asking them to remember grammatical constructions or tricky spellings. It is a complicated and intricate process – and if we enable a child to become a writer we have given them a voice, supported them to communicate and provided them with a skill that is vital for all of their schooling and to their life beyond.

 

Links between children’s reading and writing have long been acknowledged. In every writer, there is a reader. Let them lift the words off the printed page to enrich their own written work.

 

The Power Of Reading scheme enables us to pick the right literature and help our children to understand the skills of an effective and powerful professional author. We support and enhance children’s developing skills as a writer in a meaningful and effective way by knowing we have to:

 

1. Understand the role reading plays in developing writers and the value of being immersed in high quality literature

2. Ensure our children have experience of a breadth of texts including those that are visual and digital

3. Provide a range of meaningful opportunities to write for real purposes and audiences and to respond to writing as a reader

4. Develop an understanding of the craft of writing by engaging meaningfully with professional authors and their processes

5. Understand and model the craft and process of writing authentically

6. Support our children to identify as writers and to develop their own authentic voice

7. Give our children time and space to develop their own ideas in writing

8. Use creative teaching approaches that build imagination and give time for oral rehearsal

9. Ensure the teaching of phonics, grammar and spelling is embedded in context

10. Celebrate writing through authentic publication and presentation across platforms