2016-2017 Curriculum Learning Journeys
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In KS1 we use Phonics Play planning which also has a lot of resources available to support teaching.
Some children in KS2 still need phonics teaching. Sometimes this will be taught as a whole class but more often it will be through interventions. This will be taught through the Phonics Play planning and adapted as necessary.
KS1 Children in KS1 should be taught to read 1:1 at least once a week. This should be by the teacher one week and the TA the next week.
Children should take home up to three texts: a phonics book to support their decoding skills, a banded book (following the Oxford Reading Tree banding) which is at their appropriate reading level and a book of their choice which may need to be read by an adult.
KS2 Banded reading books are still available for children who are reading at this level. Teachers are expected to hear those children with underdeveloped reading skills read at least once a week.
This reading time is to encourage reading for pleasure and discussion of reading and texts among the children. It takes place for half an hour in the mornings, four days a week.
This may take the form of:
Reading their chosen book independently.
Children discussing their own books with others.
Children reading a book with a partner/group and discussing it.
Teachers/children reading a story to the class and encouraging discussion.
Games to encourage reading for pleasure.
Children have access to a range of texts e.g. fiction/non-fiction/poetry etc and occasionally comics/magazines, audio-books and stories on the computer.
Adults should be reading for pleasure and joining in discussions too.
KS2 teachers will keep a record in a book of what children are reading every Monday if they are a ‘free’ reader.
Text Time is planned for each day. This is whole class teaching of a new skill linked to the curriculum objectives which might be covered for the whole week, allowing the teacher to work with different groups and the children to apply the new skill in different ways. A range of texts are used including: whole texts, parts of a text, poems etc.
If you would like any further detail regarding our curriculum plans or your child's work, please don't hesitate to speak with the class teacher or the school office.