English at Badgerbrook

English

At Badgerbrook, we use the Read, Write Inc approach to teach reading, writing, and phonics in Foundation Stage, Year 1 and into the autumn term in Year 2.  We combine this with other reading and writing opportunities to suit all pupils.

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.

In September 2021, we purchased the Read, Write, Inc book bag books for children to take home. We have received lots of positive comments about these books from both parents and children. These books are matched to the ability of each individual reader and only contain sounds that the children have learnt in their Read, Write, Inc group. This means the children are more able to read the text independently, using the skills they have learnt, therefore increasing reading fluency and confidence.

We try our best to give parents up to date information about how we teach phonics and reading at our school. In the autumn term we hold a Year 1 parents’ meeting about the teaching of phonics and reading. Information from this meeting is sent to parents so the messages given are consistent.

Further to these meetings, we have added some links to some documents that may be useful to you.

These documents have been collated from different sources to summarise the information we think will be most useful about using the Read, Write, Inc programme to help you to support your child at home.

Phonics at Home

Read, Write, Inc reading at home booklet useful information regarding how your child is being taught phonics and reading and the terms that are used in the classroom so that you can use the same vocabulary when reading with your child.

Phonics red and green words  this document is a useful list of words the children learn. You can see how the green words get progressively harder as you read through them. In class, we do not teach them all at once, but work our way through them systematically, introducing new sounds and words each day, working at the children’s pace. You may not need all of these words for your child but we have included this document as it can be useful to print and cut out some of the words to use as flash cards if you wish to.

Top ten tips for reading stories to your child – a lovely one page information sheet with some nice, simple ideas to use at home.

In addition to the above documents, click here for a link to the Oxford Owl website. This has lots of information for parents about supporting with reading. Many parents tell us they prefer to use the videos to help learn and practise the sounds, and there are some excellent, easy to follow videos on the Oxford Owl website (which is linked to Read Write Inc). We highly recommend taking a look! We also like to use Mr Thorne’s videos – he uses a puppet giraffe called Geraldine to explain and explore the sounds and words. These videos can easily be found on YouTube, as well as many others.

Reading

It is our aim for all pupils to want to enjoy and appreciate reading.  Encouraging pupils to read a wide range of books is the message we share across school.

We make sure our library is well-stocked and current, and our Year 6 Librarians take pride in their work promoting our books and the joy of reading. Reading buddies support our younger children and our Badgerbrook Book News keeps children and parents updated about reading at Badgerbrook.

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

Reading sessions include ‘DERIC’ skills (Decode, Explain, Retrieve, Interpret, Choose).  Pupils focus on the different skills through a variety of texts and media.  They allow all pupils to access high-quality texts and answers.

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)

“Reading is like breathing in; writing is like breathing out.”

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.

Writing

Writing

The writing process involves modelling and an ‘I do, we do, you do’ approach to support children’s independent work.  Writing opportunities are planned across the curriculum.

Teachers work together to link grammar, punctuation and spelling to the units of writing and Big Pictures each half term.