Book week 2022 February 28th - March 4th
This week is our annual Book Week at St Philips with an emphasis on reading for pleasure! The theme for our celebrations this year will be traditional tales.
What is a traditional tale?
Traditional tales are prominent stories in any culture that are passed down between generations and retold countless times. Often the term is used interchangeably with fairy stories and fairy tales. For World Book Day on Thursday 3rd March we will be dressing up as a character from a traditional tale and would love the children to get involved too!
Traditional tales may include:
The Three Little Pigs,
Puss in Boots – but there are many, many more linked to many different cultures!
Here are a few reminders of the things we have planned over the week:
Each child can take part in a quiz linked to their phase, either download from the link below OR complete on the link sent out. Completed quizzes will be entered into a prize draw.
Reading in nature!
Where is the wackiest place in nature you can read a book? Take a photo and send it to Mrs Parkinson in the KS1 team at firstname.lastname@example.org OR bring a copy in to give to your class teacher. The wackiest location will win a prize!
Reading for enjoyment!
A chance to enjoy a book in the school library and recommend a book for someone else.
Reading bingo activities!
Everyone will be sent a reading quiz OR you can click on the link and download it below. Paper copies are available on request!
- Why not enjoy one of the Author and Illustrator master classes at home. All presented by authors of the £1 World Book day books. www.worldbookday.com/online-masterclasses/
- If you are stuck for what to read at home the following link takes you to a range of recommended reads. www.worldbookday.com/reading-recommendations/
There are lots of other activities on the World Book Day website. The main aim of our Book Week is to promote reading for pleasure. If you don’t have time to do much this week, we do ask that you simply enjoy a book together at home!
Thank you for your support.
Speaking and Listening
Talking is fundamental to learning. Children are encouraged to work with partners and in small groups to stimulate discussion, debate, recount experiences, test out ideas and build confidence before sharing ideas with the whole class. Children are encouraged and helped to talk clearly and confidently and with expression in order to communicate ideas and feelings. Similarly and just as importantly, is the need to listen to others and respond appropriately - this is also taught explicitly. All children are provided with opportunities in all areas of the curriculum to develop skills in both speaking and listening.
At St Philip’s we aim to foster a life-long love of reading. Our aim is not only to teach children the skills to read with confidence, fluency and understanding, but also to foster a genuine desire to read for pleasure and purpose. Children spend time throughout the week developing their reading through a range of individual, group and whole class reading sessions where the focus develops from being able to decode words, to understand the meaning of words, to understand how a text is structured, to read between the lines and how all of this has an impact on the reader. We ensure that children read many different styles of literature, including fiction, non-fiction and poetry whilst developing the full range of skills needed to learn to decode and understand text.
We believe children learn to read best when school and home work together in partnership and written communication is directed through the Reading Record Book. Early readers follow a structured programme of carefully selected books organised into coloured book bands. Once children have developed the skills to be an independent reader, they become a ‘free-reader’ and may choose books from our well-stocked library. All children enjoy a weekly visit to the library and are empowered to exercise freedoms of choice and independence when choosing from our vast range of reading material. Please click on the link below to see our Reading for Pleasure statement
A daily phonics lesson is taught in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 and our teaching follows the progression as detailed in the Government’s Letters and Sounds programme. To equip children with the foundations of early reading skills, a mixture of materials including flashcards, puppets and interactive software are used. Those children who need further phonics teaching in KS2 are also given an opportunity to secure their phonological awareness as part of small group teaching and intervention.
Writing is a crucial part of our curriculum at St Philip’s and all children from Foundation Stage to Year 6 are provided with many opportunities to develop and apply their writing skills not only in English lessons, but across the wider curriculum.
Using high-quality texts as stimulus, children are taught to plan, revise and evaluate their writing whilst developing effective transcription and effective composition skills. Children also develop an awareness of the audience, purpose and context, and an increasingly wide knowledge of vocabulary and grammar.
Planning for English follows the three phase model of reading, capturing ideas and writing. Each unit is planned with a set outcome; ensuring learners are writing for a clear purpose and applying what has been taught in a meaningful way. These units last between one and three weeks, depending on the genre being studied.
Children are provided opportunities to write at length in other curriculum areas and it is expected that their work in these areas reflects the same standards as work completed within English lessons.
High standards of presentation are valued and children are taught to join their writing, developing precision, fluency and speed using the Penpals for Handwriting scheme. Consistent high levels of presentation are rewarded during weekly Celebration Collective Worships.
Spelling is taught using No Nonsense Spelling from Y2 to Y6, with younger children focussing on spelling linked to phonic sounds and letter strings as detailed in Letters and Sounds.
Link to National Curriculum page for English:
Phonics and spelling