English at Christ the King
A reading culture is fostered at Christ the King, by inspiring in the children a love of reading. We use the Read Every Day (R.E.D) scheme to encourage reading for pleasure and children are able to gain points for reading, which result in prizes: badges, bookmarks, books and book-tokens.
Each classroom has a ‘reading corner’ where books are displayed and children are encouraged to choose and explore. Our reading corners are filled with rich, age-appropriate texts and are made to be enticing.
Adults should be seen as champions of reading, whom the children can approach for recommendations, or to simply talk to about their latest reads.
Read Write Inc. Phonics teaches children to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension. They learn to form each letter, spell correctly, and compose their ideas step-by-step.
Please see our phonics page for further information.
English & reading
High-quality texts are chosen to drive our writing topics in. Where possible, these texts link to our topics and planning is text based. We design writing units, that are influenced by the books that the class are reading, to enhance their engagement.
Every class has a class reader, which is read daily and purely shared for children’s enjoyment. There is not expected to be set work linked to this book.
In KS1, reading comprehension is taught through whole-class reading lessons. In Year 1, the children do lots of oral comprehension work through English and guided reading sessions. This continues through Autumn term of Year 2. In the Spring term of Year 2, the children move to answering written comprehension style questions. These occur at least once a week. Where possible, the whole-class reading sessions may link to the class topic for the term. Comprehension teaching is always linked to one of the comprehension strands, the strands we focus on are:
In KS2, reading comprehension is taught through whole-class reading lessons. These occur at least once a week and class sets (or half-class sets) of books are used for the children to access. Where possible, the whole-class reading sessions may link to the class topic for the term. Comprehension teaching is always linked to one of the comprehension strands, which are broken down by year group in the ‘WEC reading progression’ document.
These strands are:
Reading fluency is developed throughout KS2 by using strategies in class such as echo reading and choral reading. Fluency interventions run in each class, for the children whose reading age is more than 3-months below their chronological age.
At Christ the King School we teach writing using Talk 4 Writing, developed by Pie Corbett. It is based on the key principles of how children learn and enables them to imitate the key language they need orally before reading and analysing it. Through fun activities and oral rehearsal, children internalise the text structures and language patterns before putting pen to paper. Talk 4 Writing has 3 stages: Imitation, Innovation and Invention, with the aim of the whole process being to create independent, enthusiastic authors.
A typical Talk 4 Writing unit would be begin with a creative context, for example, a unit on The Spiderwick Chronicles could begin with children going on a goblin hunt around the school ground and investigating ways to trap them! Children then learn a model text, supported visually by a text map and physical movements. The next stage is 'read as a writer' which involves identifying the underlying patterns of both the overall organisation, as well as how the writer creates different effects.
Once the children have internalised the text they are ready to start innovating. Younger children and less confident writers alter their text maps and orally rehearse what they want to say. More confident writers use the boxing up planning tool, then turn their plan into writing. At this stage the teaching is focussed on generating and crafting composition.
Finally, children move into invention where they write the text type independently and apply what they have learnt across the curriculum. Several ‘inventions’ are written and the most successful edited for publishing. The unit ends with a ‘hot write’ that is assessed by the teacher. Throughout the process children work on daily spelling, vocabulary building and sentence work in relation to the initial assessments of their writing, as well as the demands of the text type.
In Key Stage 2 an investigative approach is taken to the teaching of spelling and is supported by No Nonsense Spelling (Babcock). A spelling lesson is given each week, followed by 2 to 3 short practise sessions so that children have the opportunity to embed new spellings. This will include the learning of the statutory word lists in the 2014 English curriculum, lists given each week.