Through outstanding English teaching, children at Bevington are able to express themselves creatively and imaginatively, as they become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama, as well as non-fiction and media texts. Children gain an understanding of how language works by looking at its patterns, structures and origins. Children become mature and fluent writers, able to write in a range of styles and for different purposes.
Children use their knowledge, skills and understanding in speaking, reading and writing across a range of different situations and apply their learning in other areas of the curriculum.
We believe in developing a reading culture throughout the school by creating welcoming book areas in classrooms, an inviting, well-stocked school library, and raising the profile of reading through a print rich environment, attractive book displays and promoting the written word at all times.
We aim for children to become independent, fluent readers. Reading is taught through various methods such as shared and guided reading and reading books are sent home with a reading record or log for communication with parents. In the Foundation Stage and at KS1 children take home an Oxford Reading Tree book and a book chosen from the library. At KS2 children may choose their own chapter book to take home.
A daily Guided Reading session is built into the timetable. In this session, children carousel through a range of activities designed to promote different aspects of reading. This includes comprehension, fluency, identifying features of different texts and genres.
Writing is celebrated at all times, and children are expected to practise and demonstrate their skills across the curriculum. Writing is taught through a number of methods including shared writing (writing modelled by the teacher with contributions from the children) and guided writing (writing in small groups with teacher intervention where needed). Children are also given the opportunity to write independently and for an extended period of time.
We use our yellow Special Writing Books to celebrate children’s outstanding pieces of writing. The expectation is that children will complete six piece of writing in their Special Writing Book through the year; two of these will come from writing completed in Foundation Subjects. This book then travels with them on their journey through school.
Children are expected to keep these books especially neat, and they must use their best handwriting throughout.
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. In a similar way to our daily Maths Moments, this 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.
Children in Foundation Stage and KS1 follow our school phonics programme which is based on ‘Letters and Sounds’ and ‘Read, Write Inc.’. Phonics is taught each day for approximately 20 minutes, in a fun way, but also with rigour and pace. Children in KS2 may take part in a daily phonics sessions as part of our intervention programme.
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.