Why is reading so important for our children?
- Reading improves concentration. Children have to sit still and quietly so they can focus on the story when they’re reading. Reading also relaxes the body and calms the mind whilst also exercising the connections in the brain.
- Reading teaches children about the world around them – through reading, they learn about people, places and events outside their own experience.
- Reading improves a child’s vocabulary, leads to more highly-developed language skills and improves the child’s ability to write well.
- Children learn new words as they read as well as seeing how to structure sentences and how to use language effectively.
- Reading develops a child’s imagination – When we read we translate the descriptions of people, places and things into pictures.
Detailed information about how you can help develop reading skills at home, the Accelerated Reading Scheme and challenges/clubs etc can be accessed via the documents below. Information about how we teach early reading skills can be found under the ‘Phonics’ area in this section of the web site.
Spelling is an integral part of children’s reading and writing development. As children develop spelling competency, their confidence and independence in writing will increase. Spelling is taught daily in our school. Every week, each class focuses on a different spelling pattern and completes activities to help them learn this pattern. Their weekly spelling words are linked to the topic they are learning about that term. We do not do weekly spelling tests as there are no proven benefits in doing so. However, pupils are expected to apply their spelling patterns and key words across the curriculum in their writing. In EYFS and Year 1, the children take part in a daily Read Write Inc session to teach them basic phonics. All children are assessed on the statutory spellings for their year group on a termly basis and any words they do not know are sent home to practice over the term. As well as this we teach the children ten topic related knowledge vocabulary every term which the children are expected to be able to spell, explain and apply in their writing.
At Rosherville, we encourage children to have a love of writing. We do this by choosing high quality texts and interesting topics to base our writing on. We believe in writing for a range of purposes. For example, writing instructions for how to survive in the Antarctic or writing a persuasive letter to a Member of Parliament asking to reduce the speed limit outside the school. We teach all of the required spelling, punctuation and grammar skills by encouraging children to carefully plan the language they will use in their writing. KS2 children mark their own writing using their success criteria to identify the features they have used. This enables them to identify their own next steps in their writing. All children edit their writing using purple pen to make improvements to their writing to ensure it is the best it can be.