At Drapers Mills Primary Academy we believe that reading should be at the heart of all learning across the curriculum. Through reading children can be transported on exciting adventures and absorbed in different worlds they may not be familiar with. These experiences in reading, together with robust EGPS teaching give our children the tools that they need to create magical pieces of writing.
All lessons across the curriculum are based around a high quality text (fiction and non-fiction) through which writing skills are taught. Each unit of writing has an outcome which is reached by way of a journey involving the teaching of comprehension skills and the development of spoken language skills through questioning, oral storytelling, vocabulary exploration and drama. From this they continue on their journey to the outcome by using EGPS skills to draft and revise their writing.
As a result, pupils are able to explore a variety of authors and text, understand and acquire the skills needed to be a story teller and author as well as develop a lifelong love of literature.
SPaG is taught discreetly at Key Stage One and Two and is linked to the writing lessons and texts. The skills learnt are then applied throughout the curriculum.
Children in Key Stage One are taught phonics discreetly through the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme. This provides them with the skills needed to segment words for writing. Children still requiring phonics in Key Stage Two receive it as an intervention.
Pupils here are taught to write cursively as we believe a cursive style is beneficial in supporting development of spelling patterns in addition to facilitating high quality presentation. Alongside learning the formation of the letters, children’s gross and fine motor skills are nurtured through a range of engaging activities.
As well as supporting your child with their homework, there are many other ways you can participate in their education and encourage a love of learning.
Talking and discussion are an integral part of a child’s social, emotional and academic development. By instigating discussion with your child about their day, their learning and interests you modelling the spoken word and listening skills. Vocabulary choices are more ambitious and spoken sentences increase in complexity.
You can encourage your child to write for a variety of reasons, for example they may like to keep a journal of enjoyable experiences, write new adventures for their favourite television characters or even research and make a fact file with reference to a particular interest.
Supporting your child with their weekly spelling homework will develop their confidence and encourage the use of adventurous vocabulary in their written work.
Reading to your child is valuable in developing their vocabulary and understanding of language which is beneficial to their writing.