At Springfield Junior School a variety of approaches are used in the teaching of reading. Reading skills may be taught as a whole class, group or individual basis. Every child will ideally read at least once per week to the teacher or teaching assistant; priority readers on a more frequent basis.
Children are encouraged to choose their own reading books, and have access to a wide variety of reading materials in the classroom, such as newspapers, magazines, comics, recipe books. Children are also able to access quality online reading resources with personal log-ins for Reading Eggs and First News iHub.
All children are members of our school library, which is well-resourced in a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts. Classes are timetabled weekly for their library sessions, where they have free choice of books, which can be shared both in school and at home.
Each child is expected to read at home to an adult at least five times a week and children are encouraged to record this in their reading record. Children participate in a number of reading challenges which rewards those who read regularly or demonstrate particular skills and progress.
Parents and Reading Mentors from the local Sixth Form play a vital role in volunteering to listen to children read and visit the school on a regular basis.
Spelling – No Nonsense Approach
At Springfield Junior School children are given the opportunity to learn spellings through a variety of strategies such as: pyramid writing, quick write, finding words with the same spelling patterns, picture clues and mnemonics (a memorable saying to remember the word. e.g. said = Sally Ann is dancing).
Children are expected to practise using these strategies at home and are tested weekly. Teachers then expect to see these words used correctly in independent writing.
Extra support is planned for those children with specific individual needs through small group work and/or 1:1.
No Nonsense For Parents
Children are given the opportunity to write in a range of genre and for different audiences. Wherever possible our English lessons are linked to the classes’ current thematic unit from our Cornerstones Curriculum. This allows the children to write for a real purpose, engages them in exciting topics and enables them to apply and develop their Literacy skills within other subject areas. Grammar is also taught within these sessions, as warm-up exercises or as discrete areas of learning. We use a variety of approaches including Talk 4 Writing and Alan Peat. Writing is planned and taught so that children follow a consistent process in all year groups:
Speaking and Listening
We recognise the importance of speaking and listening. Children across the whole curriculum need to express ideas clearly and to listen and respond to the ideas of others. There will be planned opportunities to support the acquisition of these skills through a variety of approaches including: Talk 4 Writing, Performance Poetry Week, structured group discussion, drama, year group and whole school productions and through an increasing emphasis across the curriculum on children speaking aloud.