Key Stage 2
Competency in English is underpinned by: Reading. Speaking and Listening and Writing.
We recognise that teaching of writing is most effective in a meaningful and purposeful environment, through experiences and opportunities and excellent adult and peer modelling. Children produce their best work when they are writing for an audience and purpose. Therefore, we focus on a clear purpose where children will learn the skills and features to inform, discuss, entertain and persuade. The units of work are carefully planned to immerse the children in the text type whilst identifying features and language of each genre; children then have opportunities to gather ideas, orally rehearse and plan their writing; finally children will draft, write and edit before publishing to their planned audience at the end of the unit.
As children enter Key Stage 2, children have the phonetic skills and knowledge to read fluently. Targeted support is provided to ensure that children do not fall behind with their reading. We use the Accelerated Reader Program. This is a program based on ‘real’ books. Children are assessed and given a level of ZPD (Zone of Proximal Development) within which to choose their books from. Children are able to choose their own book this gives children an intrinsic motivation to read.
Once children have read their book they take a computer based quiz. This low stakes quizzing ensures that the book has been read and understood by the children and provides a valuable insight into children’s reading for their teachers. In order to make accelerated progress in reading children must be engaged in reading for 20 minutes a day and must maintain an average quiz accuracy of 85%. This is very closely monitored by teachers to give children the very best chance of success. Children that fall behind this are assessed for phonetic understanding and fluency. If required, these children use WordBlaze as an intervention (WordBlaze is a fast-paced reading and spelling intervention resource that is proven to raise standards in reading and spelling across Key Stage 2).
Children are explicitly taught the skills of reading in whole class reading sessions through the use of the VIPERS approach (Rob Smith, Literacy Shed).This approach is used in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. The skills of reading are split into the key areas of:
- Sequencing (Key Stage 1) Summary (Key Stage 2).
By focusing on skills explicitly teachers are able to help children understand and develop the skills of reading to ensure children have a sound understanding. Lessons will alter lesson to lesson or between classes as teachers respond to the needs of the children.
We understand that it is vitally important that adults model the reading of texts with the correct intonation. This takes place in VIPERS sessions as well as a whole class story which is shared at the end each day in all classrooms.