In Summerfield School, we use the ‘Talk for Writing’ approach in our English lessons from Reception to Year Six. It encourages children to explore key texts through oral rehearsal and discussion, helping them to understand the choices the writer made and support them in structuring their own pieces of writing. Over each three- week unit, children will also study the grammatical content and vocabulary used in the text; supporting them to plan, draft and improve their writing.
At the end of each unit, children write a final, independent piece of writing, which is assessed against the objectives for their year group. This supports the teacher to plan the next unit to address the needs of the class.
In the EYFS and Key Stage One, daily phonics sessions are taught to support children in their reading and writing. As they reach Year Two, weekly spelling sessions begin and continue through to Year Six, with spelling lists being sent home to practise.
Reading is an important part of life at Summerfield; we read for pleasure! We begin every morning with a Guided Reading session, following the Pearson Bug Club scheme, which focuses on our understanding of the text. In Key Stage One, children are organised in small groups with a book that is appropriate to their reading level and in Key Stage Two, we use whole- class texts in mixed ability groups to encourage rich discussion and collaborative learning.
We also use Accelerated Reading in Key Stage Two to further support our comprehension skills. Children are tested at the beginning of each half- term to receive a colour that is appropriate to their level of understanding. They are then able to choose from this colour range every day, from either their classroom or our well- stocked library, to read independently in ERIC time (Everybody Reads In Class). When they have finished each book, children take a quiz to show their understanding.
Learning doesn’t stop there- Summerfield provides many resources to support children’s reading skills at home. Each child has a reading diary with activities and support for reading at home, maintaining a good home- school link. As well as library books, children have access to a wealth of online books on Bug Club, where they can collect rewards for answering questions as they read. Workshops are run throughout the year to support parents to help their children with these resources.