English and Phonics
Welcome to the English curriculum page for All Saints Babbacombe CofE Primary School.
Over the last few years we have been developing our curriculum; ensuring it not only offers a rich variety of engaging activities but also focuses on developing a wide variety of skills.
Below you will find details of our English curriculum
Firstly our English progression document that details what we teach and when.
Then browse under the headings, Reading, Writing, Phonics and Resources for Parents
Mrs Karen Ryder
Year 1 Phonics Screening Check
Children in Year One take part in an individual Phonics Screening Check in the Summer term. We do our best to make the children feel at ease during this time and just concentrate on doing their best. We appreciate your child’s full attendance during these times.
Please note, that if any pupil did not sit or did not pass their phonics screening check in Year 1, they will be required to take them in Year 2 in the Summer term.
Writing at All Saints Babbacombe involves the use of Babcock teaching sequences across all Year groups. These sequences support our writing Curriculum. Each teaching sequence is based around a high quality, well-chosen text and follows a three-part structure: Learning About the Text, Practising Writing and Independent Writing.
Each sequence begins with an elicitation task which informs the planned sequence. The writing is analysed and the sequence adapted in light of the children's needs. Each sequence has a clearly identified outcome.
Each year group will undertake to writing focused sequences each half term. We have carefully chosen a selection of narrative, non-fiction and poetry-based texts to study.
The documents below show the core texts used and detail the outcomes, alongside links to the wider curriculum.
Reading Practice Sessions
Children in Reception, Year 1 and 2, read fully decodable books with an adult 3 times per week during our ‘Reading Practice’ sessions. These books are then sent home for children to build their reading fluency and showcase their developing skills and phonetic knowledge to their parents/carers.
These 3 reading practice sessions each have a different focus; decoding, prosody and comprehension. Our reading books in Reception, Y1 and Y2 are 'Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised Big Cat books'.
Supporting your child with reading
Although your child will be taught to read at school, you can have a huge impact on their reading journey by continuing their practice at home.
There are two types of reading book that your child will bring home in Reception, Year 1 & Year 2: Reading practice book (Phonic text) and a Sharing book
Reading practice book
This book has been carefully matched to your child’s current reading level. If your child is reading it with little help, please don’t worry that it’s too easy – your child needs to develop fluency and confidence in reading. Listen to them read the book. Remember to give them lots of praise – celebrate their success! If they can’t read a word, ask them to decode (sound it out) and blend it. After they have finished, talk about the book together.
In order to encourage your child to become a passionate lifelong reader, it is important that they learn to read for pleasure. The sharing book is a book they have chosen for you to enjoy together. Please remember that you shouldn’t expect your child to read this alone. Read it to or with them. Discuss the pictures, enjoy the story, predict what might happen next, use different voices for the characters, explore the facts in a non-fiction book. In addition, after reading the book you can pick out some words and help them to expand their vocabulary by discussing alternatives for these words. The main thing is though that you have fun!
Reading in KS2
Strategies for supporting children to read at home
- Build a routine, find a time that works for your family.
- Make it a fun and enjoyable time with children reading, discussing their books and asking questions.
- Read as often as you can to your child.
- Make story time a highlight of your day and a chance to relax and enjoy a good book together.
We recommend children read at least 4 times a week at home.
Year 3 & 4: 25+ minutes a day
Year 5 & 6: 30+ minutes a day
Once children can read fluently and discuss the story, they need to build up their reading stamina and read for a sustained amount of time.
Within the classroom in KS2 children develop their comprehension skills through the use of Reciprocal reading.
This is a strategy that is used with students in a group discussion when reading and teaches four strategies (predicting, clarifying, questioning and summarising) that can be used at home and at school to help improve understanding.
Below is a useful Guide for parents
Reading For Pleasure
Reading for pleasure opens up new worlds for our children. It gives them the opportunity to use their imagination to explore new ideas, visit new places and meet new characters.
Reading for pleasure also improves children's well-being and empathy. It helps them to understand their own identity, and gives them an insight into the world and the views of others.
In the classroom
Within each classroom you will find a range of high quality texts, a range of genes and authors.
Teachers regularly read each day to the class, modelling a LOVE of books. Children have the opportunity to share 'real' books of their choice with their friends and family.
We have created a list of books for each year group that will be read aloud to them by their teacher. These books have been carefully chosen. Please click below to see the books chosen for your child's Year group
Not only do we want our children to learn how to read, we want our children to ENJOY reading.
Creating a love of reading in children is potentially one of the most powerful ways of improving academic standards. There can be few better ways to improve pupil's chances in school, or beyond in the wider world, than to enable them to become truly independent readers.
Reading together is a great opportunity to spend time as a family. Make it fun and exciting; use different voices and read with expression and intonation, make predictions about what will happen next, discuss favourite characters, compare to other stories you have read, find a favourite author, recommend books to family friends, find unusual places to share a book,; we would love to see photos of the places you find! Please help us to share the joy of reading with your child. Listen to them read regularly, read to them daily and enjoy the wonderful world of stories as a family.