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All Saints Catholic Collegiate

English

At St Maria Goretti our aim is to help, teach and encourage children to develop as enthusiastic, confident, independent users of language through the spoken and written word. We recognise that language is central to all learning and we appreciate that language empowers children to communicate creatively and imaginatively, as well as allowing them to engage with others at an early age.

In the Foundation Stage the emphasis is placed upon communication, language and Literacy Development skills through structured play, child choice and teacher directed activities including the letters and sounds programme. In Key Stages One and Two Language and literacy, and daily phonics, are taught every day following the New Primary Curriculum. A complete range of language skills are taught throughout the school which include speaking and listening, writing in a variety of forms and for different audiences, reading with understanding, research and retrieval of information and fostering an appreciation and love of literature.

We use a variety of phonic based scheme books which are matched to a child's phonic level. These include: Floppy Phonics, Oxford Reading Tree and non-scheme books. Children who do not met the Year 1 National requirements for Phonics (secure Phase 5), receive additional support, using the Project X Code scheme. The Accelerated Reader Scheme is used in KS1 and KS2 to promote and encourage independent reading.

Children learn grammar and spellings appropriate to their needs and to help them write with fluency and efficiency. A great emphasis throughout the school is placed upon the development of speaking and listening skills. To develop these skills a variety of activities are integrated into both the English lesson and throughout the curriculum, from group discussion and debates, to various drama activities.

Big Cat Collins e books

https://collins.co.uk/pages/support-learning-at-home

 

READING!

Stimulate the Imagination!

                 Develop the language!                   

                                                                                          Develop the understanding!                                                                                            

Be the role model for reading! 

 

Forest Library Launch

Our new forest library was launched to parents, governors, pupils and the local newspaper with the help of a very special guest Peter Kennedy, who also delivered a fantastic reading workshop for our parents and governors.  

Our forest library is a special area for pupils to read for pleasure, research a variety of texts and borrow books to enjoy in their own time.

Thank you to our school librarians for taking their roles very seriously and being fantastic role models for Reading.

 

 

A very exciting time for Reading at SMG!

 

Our local librarian Amy, came to deliver a training session for our school librarians. 

They had opportunities to learn about the skills involved in this career path,

skills to use in looking after their school library and to enjoy reading for pleasure.

 

The librarians are now making plans to create opportunities for the whole school

to use the library as a service where pupils can borrow books and provide book recommendations.

Reading at SMG

At SMG, Reading is the core of all learning.  On March 5th 2020, our pupils and staff celebrated ‘Reading for Pleasure’ by coming into school in their pyjamas and blankets, as well as becoming authors.  Both pupils and staff were inspired by their very own author and illustrator Phil Calvert.  

Mr Calvert shared his published work and what inspired him to illustrate and write.  Our pupils implemented the advice during this special day as you can see in these fantastic photographs.  

Well done everyone.  

A fantastic day!

Watch me Learn Workshop Presentation

Watch Me Learn

St. Maria Goretti Catholic Academy

Wednesday 6th November 2019

 

Reading the picture

Say sentences beginning with I can see… / I can hear… / I wonder...

 Sentence tennis

Take turns adding to the sentence to make it longer.

Thought-tracking

Speak aloud what a character in a story might be feeling or thinking.

Magic microphone

Interview a character using a toy/ imaginary microphone.

Hot-seating

Put the character on the ‘hot-seat’ and ask him/her questions.

Role on the wall

Draw an outline of a character; write what you know round the outside and feelings on the inside.

Blankety Blank (rhyming books)

Read sentences from the book but replace a word with ‘blank’ then try to guess the correct word.

Dialogue

Take a character each and read aloud only what they say using different tone, expression and volume.

Opinion line

Stop at a critical moment in a story and discuss what a character might do next.

Choose a page (any page)

Ask your partner to choose a page number or say stop as you flick through the book then read and discuss that page.

               

Peter Kennedy - Drama in Education

 

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Here are some reading resources to access at home: ENJOY!

 

https://collins.co.uk/pages/support-learning-at-home

(Free e-books) - Go to Collins Connect and click on the Teacher portal and enter:

Username: parents@harpercollins.co.uk

Password: Parents20!

 

https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/storybooks-and-games/

(FS/KS1)

https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses

(KS2 audio books)

  https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page

 https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

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Reading Links

Reading Strategies for Parents to Use at Home

An Effective Guided Reading Session

Pronouncing Phonemes Accurately

Literacy Introduction

Literacy Milestones

Parent Leaflet Grammar

Writing Links

Watch me learn - Presentation on Writing.

Parent Leaflet Grammar

Phonics-Spelling

Understanding Progress in English

 

 

 

 

 

Video: Shakespeare week 2020

Video Link - Reciting ‘The Tempest’

Video Link - Read Aloud

St George’s Day 23/04/20 - Video Link - Cross Curricular writing

Writing at home

 

Home reading: DEAR Time

 

Sentence building-Year 1

 

 

 

Cross curricular links: Computing

 

Glossary for English Terminology