English is taught at Lime Tree Primary as a stand-alone subject and across a topic-based creative curriculum. Pupils develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing in every year group at Lime Tree. We encourage pupils to express themselves creatively and imaginatively, to communicate with others effectively and we foster their love of reading as part of their education.
Throughout the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), Nursery and Reception study the Prime Area of Communication and Language, and Specific Area of Literacy as outlined in the 2012 Early Years National Curriculum. The children receive daily phonics sessions taught using the ‘Letters and Sounds’ progression, teaching is also supported using the Jolly Phonics scheme.
In Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils learn to become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama, as well as engaging with non-fiction and media texts through ‘The Power of Reading,’ scheme (CLPE). We encourage performance and ‘book talk’ to further develop our children’s literacy experiences and joy of self-expression.
In writing, pupils become able to select and adapt what they say and write in different situations and for different audiences. Other aspects of English, such as spelling, handwriting, phonics and guided reading are taught within class and as discrete lessons during the week.
In Reading, we want all children to be able to read fluently, confidently and with good comprehension skills (both when listening and reading). The teaching of key reading skills, including comprehension is embedded during English lessons and all areas of the curriculum. In EY and KS1 children will have daily phonics lessons to support the development of early decoding skills. Throughout the school children will also have guided reading sessions 3-5 times a week.
Above all, our aim is to make the exploration of the English language and literature a challenging and exciting experience.
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The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go. Dr Seuss
At Lime Tree Primary School, reading is taught by:
• Providing all children with a stimulating range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
• A strong emphasis on the systematic teaching of phonics.
• Providing daily opportunities for reading (shared, guided and individual).
• Teaching children to use a range of strategies to understand the meaning of a text.
• Reading aloud to children and discussing the text.
• Building up a sight vocabulary.
• Encouraging children to read labels, captions, notices and signs.
• Encouraging children to become independent and reflective readers who are able to develop their own personal tastes.
• Teaching higher order reading skills to obtain specific information.
• Providing an environment where books are valued and where children want to read.
Reading in the EYFS
From the nursery onwards children are encouraged to read for pleasure through our shared book scheme. When children are blending sounds they are introduced to phonic reading books which support the sounds they are learning at school. Reading books are colour-coded and include a mixture of fiction and non-fiction. We aim that all children will meet or exceed the Early Learning Goal by the end of reception..
Reading at KS1
Children continue to progress through colour coded book bands as their ability to decode text and comprehension skills develop. In Year One, children consolidate their phonic knowledge by learning to read alternative pronunciations and spellings of sounds such as ‘air’ in fairy, ‘are’ in care, ‘ear’ in bear.
Reading for meaning is encouraged in guided reading sessions which focus on specific aspects such as:
• Retrieving information from the text e.g. Where does the story take place?
• Inferring or interpreting information e.g. Predict what you think is going to happen next. Why do you think this?
• Commenting on the structure of the text e.g. Why do you think the author used short sentences?
• Explaining the author’s use of language e.g. What does the use of the word ’crept’ make us think is going to happen?
• Identifying the effect of a text on the reader e.g. How could the story be improved or changed for the better?
• Relating the text to social, cultural or historical context e.g. How would you have felt in the same situation?
Reading at KS2
In Key Stage Two, children are expected to read a book matched to their reading ability, on a daily basis. Reading for pleasure is promoted with all children and a wide range of texts are provided to engage children’s interest. Key skills are developed to improve children’s reading comprehension including: