At Kenyngton Manor Primary School our aim is for children to acquire the knowledge, skills and understanding in English which enable them to express their ideas fluently, confidently and imaginatively both verbally and in writing and to become fluent readers showing an increasingly mature understanding of a wide range of challenging texts.
We recognise that fluent reading is a fundamental skill that is used every day in every context, both in school and in the wider world. A priority is to encourage each child to read for pleasure and enjoyment, due to the evidence which strongly links reading for pleasure with academic attainment as well as personal development.
In school we teach reading through whole class reading and guided reading. We select books that are carefully pitched to enable children to learn specific reading skills and strategies. The reading journey begins with learning phonics and reading simple decodable books to apply phonic skills. Our children also read colour Book Banded books, that enable them to develop wider reading skills and strategies in a clear gradient of difficulty, which is supportive of early reading development from Reception and through KS1.
Throughout their time at Kenyngton Manor Primary School, children are encouraged to read a variety of different kinds of texts, which both improves their reading and develops their wider knowledge and understanding of the world and vocabulary.
Research has found that the more children read, the more their reading improves.
To encourage children to read at home and to enjoy reading, we send home books that children can read easily and fluently. The reason for this is that we want children to practise their reading skills at home and to feel successful as readers. Fluency and automaticity in word reading enables children to focus on the story or what the text is about. Parents can help their children to read by encouraging them to read with good expression and intonation and to discuss the text with them.
In KS2 children move on to our Accelerated Reader programme. Accelerated Reader is a motivational reading system that helps us to match children to texts that they are interested in, which are age appropriate and which have just enough challenge. After reading the children enjoy doing online quizzes about the text.
At Kenyngton Manor Primary School we love celebrating World Book Day every March. Children have time to immerse themselves into a book and bring their favourite character to life, allowing them to share their passion for reading with others.
At Kenyngton Manor Primary School we aim to equip our children with the skills they need to be able to write fluently and appropriately for a wide range of different purposes and audiences. We develop children’s writing across the whole curriculum and take every opportunity to link great texts to writing throughout the school.
We teach writing through English units which typically begin with reading age appropriate and stimulating texts, both fiction and non-fiction. Within the units we teach all aspects of English: reading, speaking and listening, grammar and spelling. We follow the ‘talk for writing’ approach, developing language for writing through learning and retelling stories and drama, which inspires and motivates children to write creatively. We encourage children to challenge themselves by using ambitious vocabulary choices, grammatical structures and a range of punctuation, linked to the National Curriculum.
We teach handwriting explicitly to enable children to develop a fluent, legible writing style and we follow best practice from research, linking learning spellings to handwriting.
Our current Displays on School for Reading and Writing showing our crroculum progression across the years.