English

English at Chase Side

At Chase Side Primary School, we believe that literacy and communication are key life skills. Through the English curriculum, we will help children develop the skills and knowledge that will enable them to communicate effectively and creatively through spoken and written language and equip them with the skills to become lifelong learners. We want children to enjoy and appreciate literature and its rich variety.

English is at the heart of all children’s learning. Literacy enables children both to communicate with others effectively for a variety of purposes and to examine their own and others’ experiences, feelings and ideas, giving these order and meaning. As literacy is central to children’s intellectual, emotional and social development it has an essential role across the curriculum and helps pupils’ learning to be coherent and progressive.

Reading

All children are taught synthetic phonics throughout Nursery, Reception and KS1. Teaching follows the Letters and Sounds guidance and is adapted to meet children’s needs. The approach includes many games and activities which children enjoy. Through phonics teaching children learn to read and write using blending (putting sounds together e.g. c-a-t is cat) and segmenting (e.g. knowing that shop is sh-o-p) as well as learning ‘tricky’ words (words that cannot be decoded with phonic knowledge e.g. the, what, asked).  Phonic knowledge is built upon through reading sessions.

We follow the Book Bands system for reading across the school which focuses on books that have been analysed to identify the reading strategies along with the decoding and common word use strategies required to enable children to engage with them successfully.  We use the reading strategies Tool Box to make the strategies required for each colour book band more explicit and accessible for young children and support their reading development.  Each colour book band focuses on developing inferential (understanding and meaning) clues alongside decoding clues until children are fluent readers (see strategies below) which is generally towards the end of Key Stage 1.  In Years 1, children engage in daily reading sessions supported by an adult – these are part of the Daily Support Reading (DSR) scheme. Weekly DRS style sessions are also included in Reception classes after Christmas.  During daily DSR sessions, some higher attaining children may join guided reading sessions within Year 2 classes while some Year 2 children benefit from joining the daily adult reading DSR session in Year 1.

From Year 2 to Year 6 children are taught reading through whole class shared reading and group guided reading focusing appropriate colour banded books. This approach introduces children to a range of texts and equips them with the skills to comprehend effectively. Skills are taught using VIPERS:

KS1 VIPERS:

Vocabulary

Inference

Predict

Explain

Retrieve

Sequence

KS2 VIPERS:

Vocabulary

Inference

Predict

Explain

Retrieve

Sequence

Where Key Stage 2 children may need decoding support or are working at the lower colour bands, they may also be provided with additional adult support or focused interventions such as 5 Minute Box or Better Reading Partners.

Writing

 At Chase Side we believe that writing happens across the curriculum. Children are given opportunities to write in a range of curriculum areas, not just English lessons. We believe that good quality writing comes from using high quality texts to stimulate ideas. We use whole class texts such as Man on the Moon, Leon and the Place between, The Highway Man and Wonder to stimulate ideas and discussions. As well as writing across a range of genres (fiction and non fiction) in English lessons children develop their writing across the curriculum (e.g. information texts in history and Geography; explanations in science as well as many more opportunities) 

Teachers use success criteria ladders to assess children’s writing. These are linked to the skills that are being taught and demonstrated in each piece of writing. Children use the same criteria to self-assess their progress.

Spelling is taught across the school and follows on from phonics teaching to focus on spelling patterns and how to apply them. Children are given weekly spellings in their planners to practice at home.

 We use the Penpals scheme for handwriting and expect children to be using joined writing as they progress through the school.

 Book Week

Each year we celebrate book week around World Book Day at the start of March. This is a week focusing on celebrating Books and a lover of reading at Chase Side, as well as dressing up as a whole range of imaginative book characters.

Themes in recent years have included ‘Enjoy stories. Love reading.’; ‘Books that made it big. (Books turned into films, plays and television series)’ and ‘Comics and Graphic novels’.

School Calendar

May 2018

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1
  • Year 6 Booster Maths Breakfast
  • Homelearning club
  • Violin Lessons with Ms Angela Hunt
  • Woodwind music lessons with Mr David Gladstone
  • Year 5/6 District Sports Trials
2
  • Year 6 Booster Maths Breakfast
  • Meet the New Teacher for Benjamin Class - Winter Hall
  • Year 5/6 Cricket
3
  • Piano Lessons with Ms Vivian Li
  • Guitar lessons with Mr James Creed
  • Reading Cafe for Years 3,4,& 5
  • Cooking group 2
  • Year 5 Netball
  • Year 5 Olympic Cafe
4
  • Year 6 Booster Maths Breakfast
  • Homelearning club
  • Small group Ukulele lessons
  • Town Park Event Selected chd Y3-5
  • Year 5 Rounders
5
6
7
  • Year 5 Bikeability
8
  • Year 6 Booster Maths Breakfast
  • Homelearning club
  • Violin Lessons with Ms Angela Hunt
  • Woodwind music lessons with Mr David Gladstone
  • District Sports club
9
  • Year 6 Booster Maths Breakfast
  • Reception Assembly
  • Year 5/6 Cricket
10
  • Piano Lessons with Ms Vivian Li
  • Guitar lessons with Mr James Creed
  • Ocean Maths - Sharman
  • Cooking group 2
  • Year 5 Netball
  • Chase Side Dad's Football - Southbury Leisure Centre
11
  • Year 6 Booster Maths Breakfast
  • Homelearning club
  • Small group Ukulele lessons
  • Year 5 Rounders
12
13
14
  • Year 6 SATs
  • Piano lessons with Rita
  • Girls Football Y5
  • Year3/4 Tag Rugby
  • FOCs Committee Meeting
15
  • Year 6 SATs
  • Homelearning club
  • Violin Lessons with Ms Angela Hunt
  • Woodwind music lessons with Mr David Gladstone
  • District Sports club
16
17
  • Year 6 SATs
  • Piano Lessons with Ms Vivian Li
  • Guitar lessons with Mr James Creed
  • Cooking group 2
  • Year 5 Netball
18
  • Year 6 SATs
  • Homelearning club
  • Small group Ukulele lessons
  • Palmers Green High School for Girls new Year 7 open day
  • Year 6 Town Park visit
  • Year 5 Rounders
19
20
21
  • Piano lessons with Rita
  • Quadkids selected children Y6
  • Girls Football Y5
  • Year3/4 Tag Rugby
22
  • Year 4 Visit to Verulamium Museum
  • Homelearning club
  • Violin Lessons with Ms Angela Hunt
  • Woodwind music lessons with Mr David Gladstone
  • District Sports club
23
  • Year 5 Tolmers
  • Year 5/6 Cricket
24
  • Berners Lee replacement swimming
  • Piano Lessons with Ms Vivian Li
  • Guitar lessons with Mr James Creed
  • Ocean Maths - Attenborough
  • Kwik Cricket selected 10 Y6
  • Berners-Lee extra swimming sesh
  • Year 5 Netball
25
  • Homelearning club
  • Small group Ukulele lessons
  • Year 6 Rounders
26
27
28
29
30
31
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