English

At Worcesters Primary School we believe that literacy and communication are key life skills and that through the English curriculum we should help children develop the skills and knowledge that will enable them to communicate effectively and creatively, through spoken and written language. We aim to provide a rich and stimulating environment, where speaking and listening, reading and writing are an integral part of everything we do in order to foster a love of reading, writing and drama.

Every day, children take part in a reading session. In reception and year 1 this is called Daily Supported Reading; children work in groups in a highly structured reading programme led by an adult. Classes also have a daily phonics lesson. We follow the phases of Letters and Sounds and supplement our resources with the Jolly Phonics scheme. We use Floppy Phonics and Oxford Reading Tree resources in school to support progression in reading. Children in reception and key stage one will be given a book to take home from the Oxford Reading Tree scheme.

Reading Information for Parents
In June, we held a series of meetings for year 1 parents. Click here to see how we teach reading and the types of activities you can do at home with your children.

Our reading curriculum is based on a set list of books. Please click on your child’s year group to find out which books they will be reading this year:

Reading at home
Reading with your child can have long-lasting benefit for their future and there a lots of ways you can help your child get more out of reading a story. Reading together for 10 minutes a day can make all the difference. Have a look at the sheets below for ideas about what to do when reading with your child.
KS1 & EYFS parents click here
KS2 parents click here

In Key Stage 2, children are encouraged to make free choices of books based on their own interests from the class book area. In years 2-6, children follow a structured reading programme that builds on key reading skills every week using a set text. In addition, children in years 3-6 also take part in My Book Blog sessions weekly. More information about this can be found here: https://mybookblog.org/. Please click here to see the latest book blog book list.

Every class is equipped with a book corner with a range of fiction and non- fiction which children can use for their home reading books as well as our school library.

Our literacy lessons are based around a book. Over a week or more children will be introduced to a book / text, look for key features to understand the genre and then work towards producing their own piece of writing. We call this a reading into writing model. The rules of grammar are taught as part of a unit of work. Children will also practise their speaking and listening skills as drama activities are included in the units of work.

Spellings and handwriting are taught separately in discrete lessons. We use a cursive script for writing which children are introduced to from reception.

We are very fortunate to have a very well stocked library. We have had visitors from authors including Tamsin Murray and Andrew Weale who opened our library in February 2016. All children get to visit the library every other week and the library is open after school on a Thursday for children to use. Every week, a member of the senior leadership team reads a story in the library to which all children are invited.

See some of our story times below.

 

Here are some of our book corners:

 

Book recommendations

Every term, each teacher recommends a book to their class they enjoyed reading.

Mrs Ward

 

The Uncommoners: The Crooked Sixpence by Jennifer Bell

In THE CROOKED SIXPENCE, Ivy and her brother Seb are thrust into the world of magic after their grandmother, Sylvie, goes to the hospital. What follows is a chain reaction of killer shadows, angry policemen, suitcases with secrets, and a marketplace full of secretive people and extraordinary ordinary items.

Fans of Harry Potter will love this, and so will anyone else. It is an absolutely awesome page turner that I could not put down. You will love it!

Miss Zarate

 

Bill’s New Frock by Anne Fine

One morning, Bill wakes up to find out he’s a girl! And worse, his mum makes him work a pink frock to school! Can the day get any worse? Bill discovers that everything is a bit different for girls…

I love this book because I read it as a child and thought it was so funny! Bill gets dressed in a frock and gets away with so many things!