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We ensure that all children are given opportunities to study a range of good quality and interesting fiction and non-fiction texts from a variety of genre. Your children will have the opportunity to read ‘real’ books and newspapers, big books, posters,
We use RWInc as our main Literacy scheme which embeds and drives reading in our school, more information can be found at - http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/. We also use a wide range of books from book
Opportunities for reading at Pinehurst Primary School.
The whole class shares a text, which is beyond their independent reading levels, often using an enlarged text (paper or
Being read to
Children share books with the whole class, these are generally read out loud to the children by the teacher.
We hear children read individually regularly and conduct an informal reading interview to try to find out what their view of reading
There are various opportunities for the children to share a book with a reading buddy throughout the school year. We offer various reading interventions which are carried out by our highly trained staff.
Writing is an essential skill. It is more than just putting words on paper. Writing is a process of communication that plays an important role in your child’s life—both in and out of the classroom. Helping your child put thoughts into words gives him/her a great sense of accomplishment. Encouraging good writing habits will make a big difference in your child’s attitude towards writing. Help your child learn to write well—and enjoy doing it!
Parents can make a big difference in helping a child develop writing skills by encouraging writing activities that are simple and fun. The start of any good writing is
Tell stories-Read aloud daily to your child. Talk about the pictures. Make predictions about a story and see if they come true. Even as children get
Use car time to talk with your children. tell your children a story about when you were little or tell them a story about something that happened at work that day. Leave off the ending and let them provide an ending. There’s no phone or television to interfere. No one can get up and leave and you and your child will find it really rewarding!
Act out stories together and play with
Let them see you write
Leave notes to each other.
Make sure you provide them with plenty of materials to write both indoors and out. Pens, crayons, felt tips, chalks, paints, paper, card notebooks etc.
Write thank you notes or letters to friends and family
Be creative and encourage your child to write and perform stories
From around the age of 2 years or even earlier, most children will show the necessary skills to hold a large pencil or crayon and make marks on paper (lots of other places too if you don’t watch out!) Children usually try and draw pictures first and might talk about these though often they won’t be recognisable! As your child develops, their drawings become more
It is important when your child begins to try and communicate with early writing that you take the time to read it with them. You will have to ask them what it says of course, but developing this link between written words and reading is important. As your child begins to understand that the squiggles they make on paper are like the print in books the two activities of reading and writing begin to connect.
You can help your child to begin to make
A good way to start your child writing is to get them to draw a picture of a trip or exciting day they have recently had. Get your child to tell you something about the drawing and then write a simple sentence or phrase underneath. Your child will enjoy reading this back to you time and time again.
As writing requires fine motor control to hold a pen or crayon, you can improve your child’s skills by giving them other activities which require similar skills e.g. Lacing cards and threading beads, construction sets,
Once the children have gained confidence in mark making, they are also regularly introduced to more activities which help them develop their writing skills. These include;
In school, during their time in the Foundation Stage, children are taught how to form letters correctly by
In the Foundation
We use RWInc to help us support the teaching of writing in school - more information can be found at www.ruthmiskin.com. We also look for opportunities throughout the curriculum to incorporate writing.
Clink the links below to read about our English Scheme
Read Write Inc - Phonics (Key stage 1)