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22/10/21

Congratulations to Lois in Penguin Class for achieving her Diamond Standard in presentation. https://t.co/wCPhuA8cdM

22/10/21

More from our fabulous Cultural Day event! https://t.co/0ewNK3l3Ui

22/10/21

Thank you to all our parents who came into our Cultural Day event yesterday, it was great to share their learning with you and enjoy activities together. https://t.co/RyduR5CTPo

22/10/21

It is wonderful seeing so many children in their traditional dress to end our fabulous Cultural Week! https://t.co/HG8ZiVebmy

21/10/21

Happy Birthday to Harrison, Harley, Jasmine, Monte, Alexandru and Evelyn celebrating their birthdays this week and next week, we hope you have fantastic day. https://t.co/laD4yMAXQD

20/10/21

Penguin Class had a basketball tournament today! https://t.co/7SwKO1edaW

20/10/21

Penguin Class enjoyed learning about Nigeria and Kenya as part of Cultural Week. https://t.co/Vl2A3VEcbc

20/10/21

Year 5 really enjoyed tasting Nigerian Jollof Rice this week during Cultural Week. https://t.co/kMz6SeEgkr

19/10/21

Saiya spoke to the children about Canada and Pakistan this week as part of Cultural week, well done! https://t.co/VAJLoig70v

19/10/21

Mr Smith came in to speak to about Australia for our Cultural Week, thank you! https://t.co/iVJh5CsKtF

19/10/21

More from our fabulous Cultural Week, thank you to Arjan's Dad who came in to talk about Sikhism. https://t.co/fmAIof0iCU

19/10/21

Keiva in Year 5 has painted this wonderful canvas, well done it is fantastic! https://t.co/QohlM3feZF

19/10/21

The start to our Cultural Week has been amazing!! Thank you to our parents who are giving up their time to speak to the children this week, we really appreciate it here is Mrs Okeleke talking to them about Nigeria. https://t.co/fbhta6SOJl

19/10/21

RockSteady were enjoying their rehearsals yesterday. https://t.co/d3kacePCNS

19/10/21

Our School Council have been busy updating the child friendly safeguarding policy during their meeting today. https://t.co/CFgRA1uClI

19/10/21

Space 2 Talk sessions. Please see the flyer for information. No formal diagnosis is required to access any of their services. To attend the sessions please follow this link to book: https://t.co/AnrUSL8IVQ https://t.co/5ZCWTJyM7d

18/10/21

Owl Class have been making life-size skeletons by drawing around their bodies and labelling the parts with scientific names. https://t.co/wpD8bGc9sF

15/10/21

Patrick Tootal has been speaking to Year 5 and 6 about his experiences as a child in World War 2. https://t.co/FOwyiVs06d

15/10/21

The Governors enjoyed meeting with the School Council today. https://t.co/b7TOV5lcad

15/10/21

A wonderful montage of artwork linked to Vincent van Gogh, a special thank you to Megan in Year 5 for creating beautiful canvases. https://t.co/am7bSPRC6c

15/10/21

Poppy in Year 6 has written a fantastic final published piece of work on her evacuee learning. https://t.co/VSKAdPlpXi

15/10/21

Chloe with her fabulous Diamante poem. https://t.co/rkzdNmTOSy

15/10/21

Some wonderful examples of the final outcomes of what the children have learnt about the Amazon rainforest. https://t.co/35V9zvxuDZ

15/10/21

Kai and Arabella are showcasing their learning on the Amazon rainforest. https://t.co/fu6dwJhQBu

15/10/21

Astrid is busy completing her published work on her rainforest learning. https://t.co/5PoYJNP7tK

15/10/21

Our Governors have been visited school today with a focus on reading, they enjoyed hearing some of our pupils read to them. https://t.co/gUbBiknjC2

14/10/21

Dolphin Class have been busy starting to make their Anderson Shelters linked to their WW2 learning. https://t.co/WpErRZAAZe

14/10/21

We held a Rights Respecting Assembly today focusing on International Day for Disaster Reduction. The children learnt about the impact of disasters and the advances the world has made in making places safer from disasters. https://t.co/WGYsYhnuvr

12/10/21

Panda Class have been taking their first steps learning to ride a bike today, they have enjoyed a balanceability session on balance bikes. 🚴‍♀️ https://t.co/4rQMwsqNo7

11/10/21

Happy Birthday to Daisy, Ava, Madison, CeCe and Lily-Ann who are celebrating their birthdays this week, have a fantastic day! https://t.co/uRAQ3WWHu4

11/10/21

Well done to jasmine for her amazing maths learning! https://t.co/ifSlbXEKHB

11/10/21

Thank you for all your generous Harvest donations, we enjoyed celebrating Harvest Festival on Friday and thank you to everyone who volunteered and came to the service. https://t.co/rgMcvq0Uku

08/10/21

We are celebrating World Mental Health Day on Sunday. Our website has great information and resources to support your wellbeing, follow this link to take a look: https://t.co/OHoM0FmrRy https://t.co/Geb0Q2nIti

06/10/21

Debate club are putting forward the debate 'It's good to be famous'. They are planning their arguments for and against. https://t.co/j7G2tEOPv5

05/10/21

Meet our new School Councilors who have been elected this week. https://t.co/Zyiu55PqQO

05/10/21

Happy Birthday to Raj, Chloe, Max and Krista celebrating their birthdays this week, we hope you have a fantastic day! https://t.co/0C6I8LeXTS

04/10/21

On Friday's in assembly we celebrate the children's commitment to the wider curriculum. This week we focused on musical talent, everyone enjoyed the performance! 🎼 https://t.co/qxtv4CIpUC

29/09/21

Lily-Ann in Penguin Class has written this fabulous published version of a setting description from Goodnight Mr Tom! https://t.co/ltD1IoZ1Q5

29/09/21

We are taking bookings for our Open Morning tours for prospective parents, who have children due to start school in September 2022. Please see the flyer for dates and details of how to book. We look forward to welcoming you into our school. https://t.co/HQzCu9StqR

27/09/21

Happy Birthday to Hayden celebrating his birthday this week, we hope you have a great day! https://t.co/Rts1l5vMPV

Reading

Reading 

Reading is our priority. There are many opportunities for our children to learn to read and to read to learn, every day. This is achieved by using a wide range of language rich texts. These opportunities include:

  • daily phonics lessons in EYFS and KS1
  • daily reading lessons in years 2 - 6
  • reading for pleasure
  • daily whole class story/poem time
  • ‘book talk’

Reading Lessons

Our 30-minute daily reading lessons are lively and engaging. Children are introduced to the new vocabulary that they will encounter in the text which is modelled by the teacher and then read by students. Quick retrieval and find and copy questions are asked before the children are taught how to respond to more complex elements of comprehension – inference, deduction, summarising, ordering events, comparing etc.

Accelerated Reader (AR)

Our library is organised in a way that enables children to choose texts with appropriate challenge. An online AR assessment provides us with a ‘zone’ from which the children can choose a book. After reading an AR book, children complete an online ‘quiz’. Teachers use AR to monitor engagement and progression and to target interventions.

Celebration of Reading

Reading engagement is monitored by teachers, using individual Reading Records. We ask families to keep up-to-date records of daily reading experiences and teachers use these to record how many times children read each week. The expectation is that this is a minimum of five times. Every time a child reads, they are entered into a weekly class draw. We celebrate the winners of the weekly raffle in our greatly anticipated Celebration Assemblies. We have also introduced bi-termly Reading Raffles to encourage children to read a designated number of pages in a given time. The winners of the raffle in each class get to choose a brand-new book as their prize!

 

Penguin reading                             Alpaca reading

Reading interventions

We track the progress of each child on their journey to becoming happy, fluent readers. The lowest 20% of readers in each class are quickly identified each term and a clear action plan is followed to ensure that no child is left behind. Families are informed by letter, if their child is in need of reading support. They are advised how they can best support their child at home. Parents are informed on the progress their child has made. School interventions include:

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Reading Progression Documents 

Progression of Literal Understanding and Retrieval

Progression of Inferential Reading Skills

Progression of Response to Text

Progression of Fluency and Phrasing

The Teaching of Reading Sequence

You can also visit the Book Trust website for some great tips around reading with your child.

Key Stage One

Key Stage 1

In Key Stage One reading skills are taught and practised using the VIPERS during whole class reading sessions.

KS1 Content Domain Reference

VIPER

1a draw on knowledge of vocabulary to understand texts

Vocabulary

1b identify/ explain key aspects of fiction and non-fiction, such as characters, events, titles and information.

Retrieve

1c identify and explain the sequences of events in texts

Sequence

1d make inferences from the text

Infer

1e predict what might happen on the basis of what has been read so far

Predict

Key Stage Two

In Key Stage Two reading skills are taught and practised using VIPERS during whole class reading sessions.

KS2 Content Domain Reference

VIPER

2a Give/explain the meaning of words in context

Vocabulary

2b retrieve and record information/ identify key details from fiction and non/fiction

Retrieve

2c summarise main ideas from more than one paragraph

Summarise

2d make inferences from the text/ explain and justify inferences with evidence from the text

Infer

2e predict what might happen from details stated or implied

Predict

2f identify/explain how information/ narrative content is related and contributes to meaning as a whole

Explain

2g identify/explain how meaning is enhanced through choice of words and phrases

Explain

2h make comparisons within a text

Explain

Accelerated Reader

Information for parents

Accelerated reader is a system used by the school to encourage the development of reading skills. Elements for reading success using Accelerated Reader

1. Determine reading level - Children take a short reading test, the result if which determines the current reading ability and suggests a range of book levels. This will provide children with books that will keep them challenged without causing frustration.

2. Book selection - Once the children know their reading range, they are able to choose books within the range that interest them from the books available in our library.

3. Taking the AR quiz - Once children have read their book and are fully comfortable with the content, they are able to take online comprehension quiz or vocabulary test. Once the quiz has been completed the children receive instant feedback on how they have done, including the opportunity to review inaccurate answers. To pass a test children need to achieve 60% accuracy?

4. Target setting - Each child is set a target to aim for. As these are achieved they receive online awards as well as physical certificates to show their progress.

Children's reading achievements are celebrated within the school in many ways, including classroom displays to track and show progress, to the issuing of Ready Reader certificates during weekly celebration assemblies. 

For more information, please follow the link below:

https://www.renaissance.com/services/parent-resources/reading-literacy/

Reading for Pleasure

Below are links to great resources that help to provide ideas of books to read for pleasure: 

The Reader Teacher - Book Match 

Reading for Pleasure Tips

Reading for Pleasure Tube Maps