How do we develop Readers at Woolacombe School ?

In the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage One, we use Letters and Sounds as a basis for our Phonics teaching.

Our reading books are based around a variety of different schemes and they are levelled according to the Reading Recovery Programme. Alongside these readers, we use phonic books from Oxford Reading Tree. These phonic books in the EYFS and Key Stage One are matched to children’s letters and sound phase in phonics. Children are given two books to practise reading at home, a phonically decodable text matched to their phonics level and a Reading Recovery text to ensure breadth and depth of vocabulary and comprehension skills.

Please see our Principles for Teaching Reading below.

HOW do we teach the reading skills at WS in EYFS KS1 KS2

Children are expected to read every night at home and have this recorded in the Home School Reading Contact Diary. We also hold regular Reading Raffles for children who do so.

Key Stage Two reading continues the journey into competent readers and it is also complemented by the use of high-quality text as Class Readers that are closely linked with the topics studied each term.

How do we develop as writers at Woolacombe School?

From EYFS to Year 6, we are incredibly passionate about our literacy curriculum.  Our aim is to provide our children with a wide range of stimuli in their learning, from rich whole class texts, to WOW experiences to trips far and wide, and all with the intention of fully engaging and immersing the children into their literacy learning!

Cross-curricular learning!

The foundation of all our literacy learning is rooted in the whole school topics, which alternate across the year from history, to geography to Science. A vast majority of the topic learning comes through the literacy, as the children explore linked poetry, narratives, diary writing and more.  Each writing sequence has a strong emphasis on drama and role play, to allow the children the opportunity to bring the topic, and the literacy, to life!

Trips & WOW Experiences!                                                                                       

For each new topic, a WOW experience is always carefully planned, to ensure that there is a high impact beginning which captures the children’s imaginations and interests.  Class and even Key Stage trips are planned for each topic, again to give the children the opportunity to really live the topics, and to serve as wonderful and real stimuli for writing back in the classroom.

Whole class texts!

Across Key Stage 2, we have an ever growing range of whole class texts which are topic related.  These texts are carefully selected, and serve to further immerse the children in each topic, as well as giving the children excellent exposure to rich and varied vocabulary and language.  Because every child has a copy of the text, it ensures that every child is involved in the discussions and debates which inevitably occur when dozens of brains all evaluate and analyse plots, events and characters at the same time!

Working Walls!

In each class, the writing curriculum is displayed for the whole year, to give the children the ‘big picture’ of what they are aiming for as the year progresses.  As a new writing sequence is begun, whole class discussions decide which of the writing curriculum elements are most relevant to the purpose and audience of the sequence, and by doing this, meaning and context is given to the specific grammatical and structural features needed to succeed in that particular style of writing. 

Please visit our classrooms to share our learning journey and latest displays.

Key Stage Productions!

Each year, tremendous effort is put into end of key stage productions, which are again linked to the topic of the term, and which offer incredible opportunities for children across all year groups to participate in productions that they will never forget!  Each year, the children amaze us all with what they achieve with their acting, orating, singing and dancing skills, proving that we never fully know the true potential of children unless we give them lots and lots of opportunities to discover them for themselves, and then to show us all!

Wonder how you can help your child with their reading and writing?

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Julia Donaldson –

Lauren Child –

  • Share and practise the termly spelling words, taken from the National Curriculum, which are given at the start of each half term.
  • Experience our Reading and Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation (SPaG) parent workshops which are scheduled throughout the year to provide helpful and practical tips on how we teach and learn these key skills at Woolacombe School.    Click on the link for specific grammar terminology,
  • National Curriculum Grammar GLOSSARY
  • Look at examples of learning to help inspire and “magpie”.

Non-fiction writing Year 2 Writing skills Year 3 Writing skills Year 4 Year 3 descriptive writing Year 3 diary writing Year 4 narrative writing Year 5 explanation text writing Year 5 narrative writing example 2 Year 5 narrative writing Year 6 diary writing

Read with your child at home – 5 times a week – and share their progress and key comments in the Home School Diary.

If you would like more support and advice, please do not hesitate to ask your Class Teacher.  We’re happy to help!