St Paul's Catholic Primary School
A Voluntary Academy
Aspire not to have more but to be more – St Oscar Romero
Reading in Beech Class
We have focus books which are linked to our topic for each term. We use these books to inspire a love of reading, develop comprehension skills and inspire writing. These are just a selection, as we also read many non-fiction and poetry texts too!
Read, Write Inc. Phonics
The children enjoy daily Read, Write Inc. phonics lessons. The children participate in Word Time where they learn a sound, and words containing this sound. They then develop fluency reading words they have read previously. The children learn to spell words containing the sounds they know. The lesson also includes reading a storybook which is matched to the child's phonics reading level.
We use our English lessons to develop comprehension skills and every English lesson has a 'Read and Respond' task. We also teach comprehension lessons using VIPERS. These lesson focus on the key aspects of reading from the National Curriculum.
All the children learn some Common Exception words each week. The Year 2 children also have additional lessons each week learning a spelling rule. We have practical and written tasks to consolidate this learning and the strategies used link to Read, Write Inc.
The children loved writing character descriptions for the Marabou Stork in the story the 'Ugly Five'. They thought carefully about spellings and used fantastic expanded noun phrases!
'Amazing Adventure' Story
The children read 'The Hundred Decker Bus'. They then planned their own story of going on an adventure. They used the book 'You Choose' to generate ideas. What wonderful stories they were to read!