Buster Book Club
Every Thursday the children's bookmarks are collected in and the number of minutes of reading that the children have completed that week and signed by an adult are added up. The class that has the highest number of minutes receive a trophy in assembly!
We aim to foster a love of the English language and a lifelong enjoyment of reading and writing. We want Lunsford children to be confident and knowledgeable speakers, readers and writers, so we provide specific language learning opportunities as well as developing the skills of grammar, spelling, punctuation, style and composition across the curriculum. These essential life skills, once mastered, open a world of opportunities. We also want our children to have a neat handwriting style and an awareness of good presentation as we feel these are also essential life skills, in spite of today's technological world. We follow the 2014 National Curriculum.
We encourage reading at all levels and hold various events throughout the year such as Book Fairs and reading afternoons that are designed to promote books and reading.
Phonics and Early Reading
In Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, children engage in lively interactive Phonics sessions that combine synthetic phonics with early reading skills. At Lunsford, we believe in giving children a sound foundation in Phonics alongside skills in problem-solving, fluency, comprehension and self-monitoring.
We have introduced the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds programme across the school to ensure greater consistency for our children; they learn and practise sounds and tricky words, then practise reading and rereading texts which use the sounds and words they have learned, both in school and at home. The children also take home 'reading for pleasure' books to share with their parents, in order to broaden their vocabulary and understanding of the world as well as developing a love of books.
All our teachers and teaching assistants have completed the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds training to ensure consistency across the school.
There is lots of information and resources to help parents support their children with phonics on the Little Wandle website.
All children have access to our school library, where there are lots of different book genres and types.
Within each classroom there is a book corner to foster the love of reading with a range of different genres, which we are currently updating. In addition, there are small libraries in each class, from which children can also borrow books.
Children are heard regularly by an adult in class and are given opportunities during the day to read for pleasure. We require children of all ages to be heard regularly at home and for this to be recorded in a reading record book.
In the delivery of the curriculum, each class closely studies a number of high quality text from which their reading and writing is developed.
We also encourage the reading of poetry and borrowing of poetry books.
We teach the skills of writing: spelling, grammar, punctuation, genres, through the use of high quality texts from The Power of Reading which have been specially selected to interest, engage, challenge and further our children's understanding of text and grammar.
The core text, which may be a chapter book or a picture book, has a carefully structured sequence of lessons built around it. Please see the attachment for the books currently studied in each year group for this first term. This will be updated when all texts have been choosen. These lessons will have a clear objective and steps to success so the children know what is expected from them. These sequences are following the expectations and meet the end of year objectives as set out in the National Curriculum.
We encourage children to reflect, edit and polish their work as well as helping each other in assessment. A purple pen is used to improve work either from the child's own initiative or as a result of peer or teacher marking. Dictionaries and thesauruses are always on hand as well as a variety of word mats, crib sheets and displays in the classroom. Children must see that writing is crafted and not just written. Final copies are put on display as a record of the class' achievements.
As part of our continued drive to raise standards in English, we are placing a large focus on spelling throughout the school. We now follow a programme called No Nonsense Spelling, which will be delivered in Year 2 to Year 6. In Reception and Year 1, children will continue to learn phonics and follow Little Wandle. No Nonsense Spelling focuses on the teaching of spelling, embracing knowledge of spelling conventions- patterns and rules; but integral to the teaching is the opportunity to promote the learning of spellings, including statutory words, common exception words and words that children personally find difficult.
We encourage all our children to have handwriting, which is neat, legible and a source of pride. We teach handwriting (based on the Morrells Handwriting Scheme. We use pen licences in KS2 to encourage good handwriting across our school.
In KS2 we expect to see neat, joined up, regular writing in all areas of the curriculum.
CLPE Power of Reading texts and Core Books - Curriculum Overview 2022-2023
Our English Subject Lead is Mrs Lomax.
She can be contacted through the school office.