English at Bessacarr Primary
Reading at Bessacarr Primary School
At Bessacarr Primary school we encourage children to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world they live in and to establish an appreciation and love of reading, and to gain knowledge across the curriculum.
We are a real reading community. All classes have regular allocated sessions for teachers to read aloud to them. All classrooms have attractive reading areas and we have a brand new, state of the art library to encourage and motivate children to read for pleasure. We ensure that we have a wide range of reading materials available for all children including comics, newspapers, electronic books on I pads and hold a Reading Buddies sessions in which children from different classes buddy up to share books together. Our classrooms celebrate reading and books with attractive displays. We strongly believe that reading feeds children’s imagination and opens up a treasure house of wonder and joy for curious young minds. We focus on both word reading and comprehension in order to develop children’s ability to read and in their first few years there is a big emphasis on phonics for early readers. We choose high quality texts that we can dig down deep into with children and the children enjoy learning about different authors.
This year our Year Five and Six children have attended the Doncaster Book Awards. In Key Stage One and Two, children sit reading assessments on a half-termly basis and children who underperform on these tests are then catered for with interventions and additional reading.
Spelling,Punctuation and Grammar at Bessacarr Primary School
At Bessacarr Primary School we teach spelling, punctuation and grammar discretely with the expectation that children then apply it within their writing. All teachers take responsibility for promoting high standards of literacy, articulacy and the correct use of standard English. It is expected that correct terminology is always used in classrooms. We focus on the teaching of grammar within the context of a sentence and in the teaching of reading, writing and talk. All children from Year One upwards have SPAG journals to record their learning on new concepts; new learning is recorded at the front and spellings are tested at the back. Grammar games are used to allow children opportunities to become familiar with and use the correct terminology. Our children enjoy playing with and experimenting with grammatical content and features and words.
It is very much the expectation that children build up their skills then apply these new concepts across the curriculum. Spelling, punctuation and grammar are very high profile in all classes and all classrooms have spelling, grammar and punctuation displays. Children are assessed formally each half term, and children who underperform are then catered for with additional intervention and precision teaching.
Knowing about grammar can help children craft their writing, as they have a repertoire to draw upon to create effects. It allows children to control how they use grammatical features for precise and well-considered impact. This grammatical knowledge is carefully built on by staff when teaching writing. Knowing about grammar can help readers investigate texts and how writers use techniques to create impact on the reader. Guided and shared reading sessions are used to build on this.
Year Five enjoyed listening to the author Ali Sparkes talk and share extracts from her books during their recent visit to Hillhouse School.