Language and Literacy
With the support of pictures and widgits we can ensure all children are immersed in a vocabulary rich environment to support both their reading and writing ability at every level
At St Clement’s Primary School we are passionate about ensuring all children become confident and enthusiastic readers and writers. Our curriculum is built around quality fiction, and non-fiction texts. By increasing the amount of reading throughout the day, pupils develop a wider vocabulary and deeper knowledge of the world around them.
Research has shown that a students’ background knowledge is the strongest factor that develops comprehension ability. We believe that alongside phonics, wide opportunities for reading comprehension provides the foundations to develop a passion and love for reading. This is conducted through whole class reading on a daily basis. In addition, children get the opportunity to listen to their teachers read to them on a daily basis. By the end of year 6, pupils will have read a wide range of texts, with a wide range of structures and diverse language which continues to develop their passion for reading to take through to their future.
We continue to develop this love of reading at home by engaging parents through our reading competitions, in class sessions, reading breakfasts as well as by setting role models in our Year 6 Reading Ambassadors. All events continue to be successful and further develop our relationship with our families, as we work collaboratively to create passionate readers.
At St Clement’s Primary School, each writing sequence is supported by a high quality text, alongside other supplementary texts using the Talk4Writing approach. Children love to read, listen to and explore these texts to not only develop their reading ability but purpose for writing. Through progressive writing sequences, we develop the children’s specific skills, allowing the children to apply them in a variety of writing contexts. Research demonstrates that writing for a real purpose inspires children to love the writing process as well as value it as a form of communication. Children within our school therefore get the opportunities to write letters to different audiences, speak to real authors to ask questions and even persuade audiences for a specific purpose. We encourage writing for purpose across all foundation subjects and regularly receive responses which further inspire our children.