English at Badgerbrook

English

At Badgerbrook we follow the Read, Write Inc approach to teach writing, reading and phonics in Foundation Stage and Year 1.  Our approach is systematic, consistent and rigorous in order that all children become readers as quickly as possible.

Following this approach pupils are taught in ability groups, thus enabling them to be taught according to their reading level, not their age.  Teaching is very precise and tailored to the needs of each child irrespective of year group.

If there is a need, pupils will be given extra support to help them improve reading skills and make progress.  Support will also be provided for older pupils who may be experiencing difficulty in reading/writing because they have missed or misunderstood a crucial phase of systematic phonics teaching.  We use the same phonics programme across the school, ensuring continuity and a vehicle for guaranteed progression.

Reading

We use a combination of guided group and whole class reading sessions at Badgerbrook.

DERIC (Decode, Explain, Retrieve, Interpret, Choose) sessions take place from Year 2 to Year 6, where pupils focus on the different skills through a variety of texts and media.  They allow all pupils to access high-quality texts and answers.

Spelling

As a school, we use Headstart Spelling as the basis for our lessons. We use a wide range of approaches to teach spelling including games, activities and spelling in context at the end of each unit.

Please see each year groups’ homework guide for details of when spelling homework will be set.

Books to Read in …

Books to Read in …

Follow the links below for some suggestions for books for your child to read at home based on Year groups in school.  We hope you will find the lists useful when you are in a library, browsing in a book shop/charity shop or looking on ebay!  We also have copies of a selection of the books in classrooms.  Most, but not all,  are available from the school library.

100 Books To Read In Year 5 and 6

100 Books To Read In Year 3 and 4

100 Books To Read In Key Stage 1

With grateful thanks to Adam Baron (theteachingbooth)