Literacy

The Literacy Curriculum:
Reading and Writing continues to be at the heart of our school curriculum! In our Literacy sessions this term every class has a text at the centre of their learning:
 
Year 1: Where the Wild Things Are- Maurice Sendak
 
Year 2- The Way Home for Wolf- Rachel Bright
 
Year 3: The Velveteen Rabbit- Margery Williams
 
Year 4- How to Train your Dragon- Cressida Cowell
 
Year 5- The Wizards of Once- Cressida Cowell
 
Year 6- The Arrival- Shaun Tan

 

Reading

Children who read for pleasure gain a richer vocabulary, more knowledge, and critical thinking skills and become independent learners. Children work in focused partners and groups to develop their reading skills and their understanding of texts. We provide children with rich reading experiences within the English lessons and encourage them to appreciate the author’s use of language and writing techniques in order to develop their own writing skills.

KS2 takes part in the 'Hackney Loves Reading' scheme.This is a wonderful scheme which really focuses on the skills of reading. The children unpick the schemes main strategies which include, Predicting, Questioning, Clarifiying, Inferring, Summarising, Making Links and Evaluating. This is done through a variety of different genres and texts. 

Our children take their reading books home daily to share with their families/carers. As they go through the school, they are given more responsibility for making their own reading choices from the excellent resources we have in school.

Spelling

We place great value on the importance of accurate spelling. A structured programme of spelling extends across the whole school, beginning with Letters and Sounds in EYFS and Key Stage 1. There is a natural transition to the Support for the Spelling programme at the end of Key Stage 1 and beginning of Key Stage 2, and this continues to be used through to the end of Year 6.

Writing

At St John of Jerusalem COE Primary we aim for children to be independent writers. We encourage them to write clearly and with confidence in any given genre. We teach them to use punctuation and grammar accurately, to be able to proofread their own work and make amendments and improvements. Our system of pen licences in KS2 encourages children to place value on the development of correct letter formation and neatly presented handwriting. We give children a wide range of opportunities in which to develop their writing skills and display work of which they are proud.

Speaking and Listening

Talking is fundamental to learning. Pupils are encouraged to speak clearly, confidently and with expression in order to state their ideas and opinions. Just as important is the need to listen carefully to others and respond in appropriate ways. At St John of Jerusalem COE Primary, pupils are given opportunities in all areas of the curriculum to develop their speaking and listening skills, in paired, group or whole class situations. Therefore, Role play, Small world and Drama activities are intrinsic elements of speaking and listening across the school.

 
Resources
Each classroom has a book corner where children can read quietly during the day, and borrow books to take home.  We also have a quiet area of the playground where children can read during playtime.  Each child has a book bag for home reading, and they will bring home a variety of targeted reading books and fun books each week.  We really encourage parents to read with their children daily at home, and always welcome parent volunteers to the school to hear our pupils read.