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

Our aim is to foster a love of reading in our pupils and we encourage pupils to read a wide variety of books by introducing them to a broad range of text through taught reading and writing sessions as well as regularly sharing stories for pleasure.

We are fortunate to have a large, well-stocked library and our Year 6 librarians take pride in their role in promoting a love of reading. Reading buddies support younger children to develop their independent reading and our termly Badgerbrook Book News keeps children and carers updated about reading in school as well as recommended reads.

Once the Read Write Inc scheme has embedded early reading strategies, we use whole class reading sessions to further develop core reading skills including: decoding (KS1), explaining, retrieval, inference, author choice, vocabulary, prediction and summarisation. Pupils engage with progressively challenging, high-quality texts covering a range of fiction genres, non-fiction and poetry.

Should you be looking for inspiration for your child’s next reading book, please use the following links for recommendations:

The Reader Teacher | Children’s Books | Reads, Reviews & Recommendations

Primary Book Lists by Topic (booksfortopics.com)

Both offer diverse lists of high-quality fiction and non-fiction by age-range.

Spelling

We use Jane Considine Spelling as the basis for our lessons in Years 2-6. This scheme encourages the children to be actively engaged in investigating spelling patterns through a range of activities. Learning continues to be further supported by the ‘Spelling Shed’ scheme, which is also based on engaging games and activities. Spellings are set weekly via the Spelling Shed website/app.

Writing

Writing

Writing at Badgerbrook is inspired by a wide variety of high-quality texts and other media and focuses on the development of vocabulary alongside other authorial language, grammar and punctuation choices, all taught in context.

Where possible, writing links to the half-term’s topic or science ‘Big Question’ with children being provided real-life, engaging purposes for their writing.