Literacy at Christ Church
Reading at Christ Church
The following reading schemes are used in KS1:
- Ruth Miskin
- Oxford Reading Tree
- Bug Club - online book
The Book Trust
The Book Trust is an excellent site with lots of tips on effective strategies to use when reading with children. They also do excellent book lists.
Click here to reach their website
We use the Reading Standards below to assess pupils against 'expected' level of attainment for pupils of their age/Year group. We also like pupils to engage within the assessment process and play an active role in understanding what their next steps are.
Red Ted at Christ Church
Hi! My name is ‘Red Ted’ and I am a very special bear.
Did you know that once a month the teachers at Christ Church award me to a class member who has worked really hard to either improve their reading, read regularly and fill in the Reading Record or have taken on more challenging books.
I am given out at Family Collective Worship and it is always a very a very proud moment – so from Reception, all the way to Year 6 you have the opportunity to give me a home.
Maybe I will be coming home with you soon, so keep reading!
Writing at Christ Church
At Christ Church writing is seen as an important life skill. We link writing closely to the creative curriculum to ensure that it is as stimulating, interesting, exciting and purposeful as it can be.
Writing at school begins in FS with simple mark making, leading on to writing their names and then ‘having a go at writing’ - which might explain a picture.
Children also learn to hold a pencil and to form letters correctly.
This might be done by making the shape in plasticine, drawing in sand or shaving foam. All great fun and which leads to a love of writing
The programmes of study for writing at Key Stages 1 and 2 consist of
- transcription (spelling and handwriting)
- composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing).
Writing has a high profile at Christ Church. In order to make good progression in writing, children need to:
- Enjoy writing and recognise its value,
- Write with confidence, clarity and imagination,
- Write grammatically correct sentences that are punctuated accurately,
- Understand the features of and how to write in a range of genres and non-fiction texts,
- Plan, draft, revise and edit their own writing,
- Develop an adventurous and broad vocabulary,
- Know their next steps and how they can make their writing better,
- Develop fine motor skills to ensure consistent mark making with increasing dexterity, to produce recognisable letters, developing into a continuous cursive style of handwriting,
- Use phonological knowledge and spelling rules to spell accurately.
At Christ Church we use a whole-text approach to teaching literacy which is then linked to a curriculum topic. We use the New Curriculum to plan and design exciting and imaginative opportunities for learning.
Spelling, vocabulary, grammar, punctuation and glossary
There are two statutory appendices in the New Curriculum on Spelling and on Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation. Spellings are taught weekly and form part of the Guided Reading carousel of activities. Spellings are sent home in children’s spelling journal for them to learn and at the end of the week there is a weekly spelling test. Grammar and punctuation is taught as part of the literacy lesson. Grammar and Punctuation is taught through shared and Guided Reading and writing sessions. Teachers use the correct terminology expected for each Year group in classrooms and expect the children to use and understand it (bossy verbs / Imperative verbs’).
We use the Writing Standards below to assess pupils against 'expected' level of attainment for pupils of their age/Year group. We also like pupils to engage within the assessment process and play an active role in understanding what their next steps are.