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Summerlea CP School Growing thoughtful learners and independent thinkers


Cross Curricular -

Reading and writing is taught across the curriculum ensuring that the skills taught in these lessons are applied in other subjects.

Our Writing Process -

This year we have introduced a new writing process that will be taught across the school. We immerse children in experiences and look at lots of different examples of a particular genre before exploring the more technical aspects of writing. Planning for writing is an important feature of our writing process, we also dedicate lots of time moving between demonstration writing, drafting and editing before publishing part or all of the final piece of writing. We then ensure that all children are able to reason about their writing choices.

High quality class texts -

Every class has a range of high quality texts that are mapped out for them to read to their classes each half term. This ensures text progression and variety across the whole school. Some of these books are key drivers for the topic, some are class reader books which are read by the teacher to the class and some are used for Whole Class Reading.

Phonics -

We follow the ‘Twinkl’ phonics scheme and use this across the school to teach phonics. Phonics lessons are taught daily in EYFS and KS1 and regular interventions are in place for children who need phonics support in KS2.  

Practice Books –

All children who are learning phonics will have a new practice book each week which they can read at school and at home. Practice books are closely matched to the children reading ability and are fully decodable.

Golden Book Box –

Children in EYFS and KS1 choose a ‘Golden Book’ to take home each week. These books are high quality texts that can be shared at home with an adult.

Library –

We are very lucky to have an engaging and inviting library. Children visit the library once a week – one week to choose books to take home and one week to enjoy listening to and talking about different books.  In addition to class slots there are also drop-in library lunchtime clubs, a story club and regular ‘stay and read’ sessions for parents and children at the beginning of the day.

Accelerated Reader –

We use Accelerated Reader in KS2. The children access books that are tailored to their reading level and then complete quizzes to assess their comprehension skills.

Whole class reading –

Whole class reading is taught across the school (EYFS from the summer term). Whole class reading is carefully planned alongside high quality texts in order to teach the different reading domains.

Handwriting –

We follow Letterjoin for our handwriting scheme. EYFS initially learn to print and then from the summer term, and from Year 1 onwards, children are taught to form their letters using cursive formation.

Spelling –

We follow the ‘Twinkl’ spelling scheme. Spelling is taught discretely once a week with regular sessions for spelling practice timetabled throughout the week. Spelling menus are sent home each half term to support children and parents/carers with practising spelling at home. Spelling workshops for parents will be delivered this term to offer further support.

Whole school events –

National Poetry Day, World Book Day, Library visits