At Coppice Primary School and Nursery we believe that literacy and communication are key life skills. We strive to give children the necessary tools to be able to communicate effectively and creatively through spoken and written language and to equip them with the skills to become lifelong learners. We encourage children to develop a love of reading by using quality texts and topics which inspire and excite young readers and writers.
The English curriculum at Coppice Primary School is delivered using the National Curriculum English Document (2014). The Reception children work towards achieving the Early Learning Goals at the end of the EYFS, as outlined in The Foundation Stage Framework 2021. In Nursery the children work towards our Nursery goals. Teachers group children according to their abilities and work should be differentiated accordingly using effective methods such as support, outcome and task. A whole school overview is followed which ensures texts linked with topics are used where appropriate.
Reading is an important part of the English curriculum in our School. We use Collins Big Cat phonically decodable books from Reception onwards to ensure children are reading books which closely match their phonic ability. These books go up to Turquoise book band. For children in Year 2 who have finished the phonically decodable book scheme and pupils in KS2, reading books are organized on a book banding system ensuring the children read books appropriate to their level (the children’s reading should be 99% accurate in these books). These books will be provided and sent home on a daily basis for parents to read with their children. We use books from a range of schemes including: Oxford Reading Tree, Collins big cat, Dandelion readers and others.
Books from bands lilac to turquoise are also sent home with children in Reception and KS1. These are sent as 'reading for pleasure' books and parents are encourage to read to/with the children rather than expecting the children to be fully fluent when reading these books.
Each parent is given the opportunity to liaise with teachers through reading record books which record when the children have been listened to in School by a member of staff or a volunteer, and at home, and any issues or positives there may be. Children who have moved on from the reading scheme have access to the school’s free reader book selection.
Shared reading takes place within English lessons through the whole class reading element, to provide enriching experiences through more challenging texts. Teachers also share stories with the class displaying an enthusiasm for reading and setting a positive example as a reader.
Phonics is taught daily in Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage One following the framework ‘Letters and Sounds’. This will involve a 30 minute daily whole class session of planned systematic phonics’ delivery, with a wide opportunity for application of skills through the environment and other lessons.
Whole class reading sessions form part of the daily literacy lesson. During these sessions essential reading comprehension skills are taught, practised and consolidated. Children in KS1 use the Twinkl Reading Dogs to help them understand each of the different skills, children in KS2 use VIPERS.
Shared and modelled writing, takes place within English lessons. This allows the teacher to demonstrate good writing practice to the children whilst using their ideas. Teachers ensure that the writing demonstrated shows high expectations and covers the success criteria they would expect to see in the children’s writing.
Talk for writing is used successfully across the school to help children to gather ideas and structure their writing.
Children are expected to write frequently in a range of forms. This may be responses to a text, filling in text feature grids, short writing tasks such as writing as a character or writing a whole story or report as an extended piece of writing.
In the English curriculum, grammar, punctuation and spelling play a key role in the children’s writing. In KS2 the children have discrete daily SPaG lessons and in KS1 they have a dedicated SPaG lesson once per week. At the beginning of each literacy lesson we have a 10 minute SPaG starter to reinforce key skills.
Early morning sessions provide additional time for children to be taught and practise their weekly spellings using strategies from the No-Nonsense spelling scheme.
We have worked hard to try and make exciting links between the topics in each year group and the texts that they are focussing on in their literacy lessons. Below you can view the literacy overview for our school.