At Mossley each class follows the Mossley Scheme for spellings which is adapted from the new curriculum. This concentrates on spelling patterns and links with the different phonics phases in “Letters and sounds”. The children have a 10 minute spelling session each day where they will have the opportunity to practise and apply the spelling pattern for that week. The spelling patterns are shared with parents on newsletters and via the website to enable them to practise at home. The children are then tested once a week on spellings from this pattern and their knowledge of their spelling patterns is assessed by whether they apply the patterns in their writing.
As a school we use the Penpals scheme for handwriting. This concentrates on letter formation to start with in reception and then moves on to link into spelling patterns and phonics sounds. Handwriting is taught daily in key stage one and in key stage two activities are modelled and set for the children to take part in once a week during their guided reading sessions. In year 4 the children have the opportunity to gain a “pen licence” once their teacher feels that their handwriting is of a high enough standard. We put an emphasis on the children applying skills taught in handwriting to their everyday writing.
At Mossley we have the characters “The Puncs” who were introdcued in an assembly. Staff and parents dressed up as different punctuation characters and came around the classes to meet the children and read them the story of their character. Different puncs are focused on in different year groups and the children are taught how to use these puncs in their writing and how to notice them in their reading.
Children read through a set of book banded books that runs throughout Key Stage one and Key Stage two. Each colour in the book band is a different stage. We do not subscribe to a specific reading scheme. We provide a diet and range of genres at different stages within a book band. The children know which book band they are working at and recognise the book band that they are working towards. Children are bench marked on a regular basis to confirm the levels that the children are working within.
Opportunities for reading
Children also read regularly in other areas of the curriculum and in other parts of the school day through:
Guided Reading - Teachers work with small groups of children to teach children specific and targeted reading skills in a book that is sufficiently challenging. We use the Kingscourt guided reading scheme. Guided reading takes place for each child on a weekly basis and reading skills such as inference, comprehension, language choices, expression and understanding of the text are explored and discussed.
Individual reading – Teachers, teaching assistants and parent helpers also listen to children read individually. Parents and carers are encouraged to listen to their children at home and to record this in planners. A reading prompt book has been shared with all parents at our “How to help your child succeed....” meetings. This provides them with questions to ask about texts as they listen to their children read.
Independent reading - In Key Stage 2, children read independently to promote positive reading habits.
Reading Across the Curriculum - Across the school, children read a range of books linked to other areas of their learning.
Storytime - Storytime happens across the school and in a number of different ways. In EYFS, children share a story and often use this as a basis for their speaking and listening skills. In Key Stage 1, books are read to children for them to hear good examples of reading aloud and to develop an enthusiasm for reading books themselves. Class books are shared with children in Key Stage 2, where they read along with the teacher.
We continually strive to promote a love of reading to ensure that children are ready for the next stages in their learning.
Secret Storyteller – Parents, relatives and governors are invited into school to read their favourite stories to the children. This creates an exciting atmosphere when the children are trying to guess who the secret storyteller is and the children and adult alike gain a lot from the experience.
More recently we launched our EXTREME reading competition which encouraged the children to read for pleasure in a variety of funny places. Plese see below for the powerpoint of all of the winners and also some of the other entries. Thank you to everyone for taking part.
We follow the Pie Corbett “Talk for Writing” method of teaching writing throughout the school. This involves children learning a text by heart, putting actions to them and doing lots of drama activities around that text. This structure provides a scaffolding for the children to adapt the text and create a brand new story, report, poem etc of their own.
Many cross curricular links are made between literacy and our topic work. Texts for literacy are chosen to link in with our topic and cover a variation of different genres. Throughout our topic we use all of the skills taught in literacy to present high quality writing.
If you would like further information about the curriculum Mossley School follows please feel free to speak with your child's class teacher or call the school office on 01260 272451