English at Bevington is built on the vision of developing expression, creativity and knowledge through language. Reading is central to our school curriculum and we have a carefully planned Phonics and Early Reading strategy to ensure children become fluent and able readers. Our systematic approach to Guided Reading gives pupils the opportunity to explore challenging texts in depth. We also ensure that 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.
Reading lies at the heart of our school curriculum. In all subjects, children are taught to be fluent and independent readers within a culture that promotes a love of reading for pleasure. We are lucky to have a wide selection of books and we use these to enhance learning opportunities in all subjects. Our curriculum is carefully planned to cater for the strengths and needs of our pupils and is well structured to ensure that no pupils is left behind.
Reading at Bevington is taught using various methods, including:
A synthetic, systematic phonics approach is taught daily throughout EYFS and Key Stage 1, teaching the child to read by correlating sounds with symbols in an alphabetic writing system. Children are taught to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension. Staff follow our school phonics programme which has been written by our staff and is based on ‘Letters and Sounds’ and ‘Read, Write Inc.’. Children are assessed half-termly, and the results of these assessments inform our interventions and group support.
Shared reading involves the whole class and the teacher reading an enlarged text (e.g. big book, website or text projected via the visualiser and interactive whiteboard). Children are expected to be actively engaged whilst the teacher is reading, following the text and when confident, joining in and reading with the teacher. In Key Stage 1 & 2 the text is appropriate to the level that children can read by themselves. The shared reading text is used throughout the week of Guided Reading teaching to allow children to develop a range of comprehension skills mentioned below.
The teacher uses a key text to model fluency, enjoyment and interest in a range of different styles of writing and types of text. These texts are above the level that children can read by themselves and are read daily at the end of the school day to develop their vocabulary and to expose them to high quality and challenging texts. In EYFS books are selected from a special story time book basket and in Key Stage 1 & 2 key texts are selected to compliment the topic learning.
In EYFS, Shared Reading and Modelled Reading are taught daily and a Guided Reading takes place weekly. In Key Stages 1 & 2, a daily Guided Reading session is an important part of our timetable. Across the school, reading is taught whole class focused on a specific reading skill. Texts are challenging, and we aim to develop fluency, comprehension skills, inference, prediction and structure analysis throughout a week of teaching. Lessons are discussion-based, with children also using Guided Reading books to record written responses. Each half term, classes use a high-quality class book to provide a base for their English planning, to develop pupils’ vocabulary and love for reading.
Children have the opportunity and are encouraged to access high quality texts, which they also take home with them. Reading books are sent home each week on a Tuesday and the returned the following Monday. In EYFS and at KS1, children take home a levelled reading book and a free choice book with a reading record. In KS2 children take home their own levelled chapter book. Across the school, we ensure that an adult reads with each child at least once a week.
Parents often ask us to recommend books which will engage, challenge and inspire their children. We have compiled a list of books which do just that! Please see the links below for each year group. If you choose to purchase any of the books through Amazon, please select The Bevington Trust as your Smile charity, as this enables the school to access vital additional funds.
Writing runs through our curriculum and pupils are expected to practise and demonstrate their skills in all subjects. Writing is taught through a number of methods including explicit skills lessons (where pupils practise specific grammar and writing skills), shared writing (writing modelled by the teacher with contributions from the children), and guided writing (writing in small groups with teacher intervention). Children are also given the opportunity to write independently and for an extended period of time; children complete this writing double-spaced to allow opportunities for self-editing. Handwriting and presentation are highly important to us and we have the highest expectations when it comes to our work.
Our English teaching is linked to the year group termly topic, meaning children are always writing within a clear context. Throughout an academic year, a variety of writing genres (from explanation texts to narrative stories) are explored and children are given opportunities to enrich their writing with accurate grammar, subject-specific content and effective composition. Learning from other areas of the curriculum (STEM, Humanities and The Arts) is integrated into English, providing meaningful supporting content, which results in purposeful and well-structured written pieces.
In Early Year, children experience writing in a range of settings. They are given opportunities for developmental writing through all areas of learning and the learning environment. Children also participate in a fun and engaging range of fine motor activities that enhance their writing skills.
Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling
Key skills in Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling are embedded fully in the main English 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. Children in Year 2 also explore elements of English Grammar in their daily Phonics lesson.
Spellings are sent home weekly as part of homework. Please visit the Home Learning page for the latest spelling list for your child.
We are lucky to have a well-stocked school library, with a wide range of books to inspire children and support learning. It is located on the ground floor and contains fiction and non-fiction books spanning a range of genres. It is open through the day to support learning, and at break-time and lunch-time for the children to visit.
We also aim to open the library after school as often as possible. In order to borrow books from the library parent/carers must sign the Home School Charter. Pupils may borrow up to 2 books for up to a maximum of two weeks.