English at Bevington is built on the vision of developing expression and creativity through language. Children become mature writers, capable of writing for different purposes and audiences, through the exposure to high-quality literature, critical reading and outstanding teaching. Quality and diverse spoken language is promoted to underpin the development of reading and writing.
We aim for children to become active and independent readers through guided reading and home reading. We have created a reading culture throughout the school from welcoming classroom reading areas and a well-stocked school library to hosting a number of book events, including Book fairs and Reading Cafes, which all maintain the profile of reading and literature throughout the academic year.
A daily Guided Reading session is built into the timetable. In this session classes will either follow the carousel model (a range of activities designed to develop different aspects of reading) or the whole-class model (where critical analysis of texts are discussed and negotiated between peers and class teachers through effective talk).
Our home reading approach reinforces the importance of reading at home. Through personalised reading records and interactive reading response activities, children are able to engage with their reading books at home.
Writing is celebrated at all times, and children are expected to write effectively and mindfully through appreciation of audience & purpose, conscious and precise use of vocabulary and using grammatical structures that enhance meaning and purpose.
The teaching of writing at Bevington consists of skills (sentence level focussed) lessons, in which grammar, vocabulary and punctuation concepts are taught, as well as composition-based sessions through meaningful speaking and listening opportunities (negotiation and critique of ideas and language choices) and drama-based activities.
Throughout an academic year, a variety of texts (from expositional to narrative) are explored and children’s writing are rich with content and effective composition through creative, topic-based learning. Engaging and informative topic lessons in Foundation subjects (Humanities, the Arts and Music), which are integrated into English planning, provide effective content, which results in purposeful and well-structured written pieces.
We use our Special Writing books to celebrate children’s outstanding pieces of writing. The expectation is that children will complete six pieces of writing in their Special Writing books within an academic year; two of these will come from writing completed in Foundation subjects. This book then travels with them on their journey through the school.
Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling
Key skills in Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling are embedded fully in the main Literacy curriculum. They are referred to throughout the curriculum and promoted at all times.
We have a short discreet Grammar lesson once a day, which is used to revise and revisit key areas of SPAG through games, questions, exercises and activities. Spellings are sent home weekly as part of homework.
Each pupil from years 1 to 6 has the opportunity to build upon their weekly spelling with Spellodrome, an online spelling programme akin to Mathletics (the maths version of the program which we also have at the school).
Children in Foundation Stage and KS1 follow our school phonics programme which is based on ‘Letters and Sounds’ with elements of ‘Read, Write Inc.’. Phonics is taught each day for approximately 20 minutes, in a fun way, but also with rigour and pace. Children are streamed based on their attainment, in order to accommodate all of the learning needs throughout the classes.
Our school library was opened in 2016 by the Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea. It is located on the middle floor and contains fiction and non-fiction books spanning a range of genres. It is open at break-time and lunch-time for the children to visit.
In order to borrow books from the library parent/carers must sign and return a contract. Pupils may borrow up to 2 books for up to a maximum of two weeks. Each class has a weekly library session in which children exchange books, take part in topic-based learning or simply enjoy reading.