At Vicarage we teach Literacy in daily lessons across the school, with discrete phonics lessons being taught in the Foundation Stage and Year 1
In the Early Years and Year 1, we teach literacy using Read Write Inc. Phonics. This is a comprehensive literacy programme designed to help children learn to read and write quickly.
Our school has been appointed as a Read Write Inc. Model School because of our excellent practice of the programme.
Literacy and Language
From Year 2 through to Year 6, Vicarage use a literacy programme called Literacy and Language. This builds on from EYFS and year 1 RML; it ensures continuity and consistency for children’s learning.
Literacy and Language is in line with the new national curriculum. It is designed to develop reading, writing and speaking. It is taught using fun and creative tasks to engage the pupils. We incorporate drama opportunities to allow children to gain a deeper understanding of the text, to build rich vocabulary and to become articulate speakers. The input, along with structured writing tasks, allows children to use their new ideas and vocabulary to create final written outcomes. The teaching of spelling and grammar is incorporated throughout the units.
Year 6 is an exciting and challenging time of year! Children sit the end of school SATS exams for reading, grammar and spellings.
Throughout the year, children consolidate their learning and master a range of writing techniques to create several writing pieces for their writing SATs.
For reading, they master inference skills and use the P.E.E model (make a point, use evidence and explain) to comprehend and answer complex questions.
Children create a portfolio of extended independent writing. Each child has a “Progress in writing book” which contains a range of final, redrafted pieces of writing. This portfolio moves with them throughout school as they transition between each year group, and it ensures that skills are built upon year on year.
To promote the great writing that goes on at Vicarage, we subscribe to a children’s publishing website called Pobble. We upload and share our children’s fantastic writing. They can also view other children’s work to inspire them to become better writers!
Reading at Vicarage Primary School
Reading for pleasure
“Schools that take the business of reading for pleasure seriously, where teachers read, talk with enthusiasm and recommend books, and where provision for reading is planned carefully, are more likely to succeed with their pupils’ reading.” (Ofsted)
Reading for pleasure at Vicarage Primary School aims to establish each child as a lifetime reader based on developing a love of reading. We ensure our children are given a rich curriculum which encourages reading of books and other kinds of texts.
At Vicarage we aim to promote the concepts of reading for ‘fun’, ‘enjoyment’ and ‘pleasure’.
What Vicarage does to promote reading for pleasure:
- We have age-related fiction and non-fiction within each class via the class book corner.
- Through guided reading, we explore rich vocabulary and complete shared class reading to engage and give opportunities to discuss books as a class.
- Daily storytime sessions are held throughout the school
- Children have access to the school library during school time and after school.
- Reading takes place both in and outside of the classroom and in and outside of the school. We have reading trolleys out every lunchtime!
- The school encourages links with parents by ensuring every child has a Reading Journal’ that records all reading habits, signed by parents and monitored by class teachers.
- Promote the love of reading by subscriptions to the online subscription My Book Blog
- Authors come and run workshops to excite and engage our children on new books
- In addition, we celebrate reading through themed days e.g. World Book Day and Reading Festivals!
Vicarage children are very fortunate to have their very own library, with a librarian-Janet Noble! The library is very well stocked with many different books as well as new releases. Every child has the opportunity to regularly visit the library with their class. We also run after school clubs twice a week, when children can visit with their parents and take out a book.
So next time you are in school, why not stop by the library and enjoy reading a book with your child?
Reading Festival at Vicarage
Vicarage recently held a Reading Festival in which a variety of storytellers, authors and theatre groups visited and worked with the children, including award winning author Chloe Inkpen. The children engaged in a range of reading and writing activities, including an exciting short story competition led by the poet and author, Paul Delaney! The writing, which was produced, was published into our first ever Vicarage Anthology. The children were also asked to complete a “Reading Quest” booklet where they had a series of missions to complete over the course of the project. They also read for fun at random times in the day, even the staff!
Children enjoying story time with the author, Paul Delaney
Teachers stopping to reading anywhere!
Book launch at Vicarage!
Following on from our successful Reading Festival, Vicarage Primary School celebrated the London launch of author Paul Delaney’s new story “Norris Snoot.” Paul has been working with Vicarage over the year as part of the school’s work to encourage children to read more widely for pleasure. On Wednesday 21st June, Paul shared his illustrations and entertained the children with excerpts from his new book. He led three assemblies over the morning; the children and staff were thrilled to be one of the first in the country to find out about his exciting and funny new publication.
It was also a very special launch as Paul has featured Vicarage Primary school as the setting for his story!
Norris Snoot book launch at Vicarage
The relaunch of My Book Blog
At the start of the New Year, Vicarage relaunched My Book Blog. This online site gives children the opportunity to read and write blogs about a book. Not only that, but the children can complete fun activities to aid vocabulary knowledge and comprehension.
We kick started the launch by reading a class book and completing the activities together. Once the children were hooked and raring to go, they received their very own login details.
We have an entire section in our library dedicated to My Book Blog books. They are clearly labelled. Children can take out a book; enjoy the reading and online activities and then return the book once finished. So next time, when you are reading with your child, why not join in with the fun activities online?
To access My Book Blog, just click on the logo at the bottom of the page.
Our poetry festival will run from Monday 26th February to Friday 9th March.
Paul Delaney will be returning to Vicarage to kick start our festival. This festival will include local schools and will culminate in a borough competition and performance for parents in Easter.
We have many exciting activities lined up for the two weeks. Children will be writing and performing their very own work in a Poetry Slam. The best pieces will then be published in Vicarage’s very own Poetry Anthology. In addition, two popular poets, Alan Durant and Andrew Weale will be joining us to share their work and run engaging workshops. There will be competitions and challenges to complete too!