The teaching of English in school obviously focuses on Reading and Writing, but within that are also elements such as spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG) and handwriting. We believe very passionately that children get the best possible start with these areas, as reading and writing are the tools required to unlock the wider curriculum.
At Foxdell Juniors, we believe that reading is the most important skill a child can learn at school. Across all areas of the curriculum the ability to fully access the curriculum depends on a student’s ability to read. In addition we aim to foster a lifelong love of reading for pleasure. Teachers use the National curriculum to devise engaging and exciting lessons which lead our children through the stages of their literacy learning. Throughout our school, children develop their love of literature and are inspired to view the books they read as a gateway to their future aspirations. All children in school have access to Accelerated Reader and a Reading Record.
What is Accelerated Reader?
AR is a reading program that helps teachers support and monitor children’s reading practice. A student picks a book at his/her own level and reads it at his/her own pace. When finished, the student takes a short online quiz to measure how much of the book he/she understood. Book levels are based on data generated by a STAR reading test. We administer 4 tests over the course of the year to measure progress. As students improve during the course of the year the level of difficulty of the books read increase. Students are encouraged to read both fiction and non- fiction.
How can parents help?
To find out more about your child’s reading progress, visit Home Connect. This will allow you to track your child’s progress towards his or her targets and to view your child’s reading history. Contact the school to find out more.
Learning to write is one of the most important things that a child at primary school will learn. Children use their writing in almost all other subjects of the curriculum. Good writing also gives children a voice to share their ideas with the world.
For a child, learning to write can be a tricky business, not least because good writing involves handwriting, spelling, grammar and punctuation not to mention what we want to write and who we are writing for.
In Years 3 and 4, children are encouraged to draft and write by talking about their writing. They will continue to learn how to organise paragraphs and, if they are writing non-fiction, to use headings. When they are writing stories, they will learn to use settings, characters and plots. Children in Years 3 and 4 will be expected to use what they know about grammar in their writing and to read through what they have written, to find ways to improve it.
In Years 5 and 6, children will continue to develop their skills in planning, drafting and reviewing what they have written. Children learn to identify the audience for and purpose of their writing. They will be expected to use grammar appropriately. In non-fiction writing, children will use headings, bullet points and other ways to organise their writing. They will be expected to describe settings, characters and to use dialogue in their stories.