English: Reading and Writing

Our Aims

Reading: For all children to foster a love of reading which empowers learners to decode fluently, to comprehend confidently, and to engage in independent thought and study in all subject areas. We learn to read and then we read to learn.

At Paxton, reading is at the heart of everything that we do - We must learn to read so that we may read to learn! 

'Learning to Read' - Early reading though systematic synthetic phonics

Our ultimate aim in the teaching of early reading is for children to leave Year 2 fluent, confident and independent readers being able to apply their knowledge and skills across the curriculum. We place a great deal of importance and emphasis on the teaching of early reading through the Letters & Sounds systematic synthetic phonics programme.

‘Reading to Learn’ – Building comprehension for independent reading and study

As children move towards Key Stage 2, they engage in daily Whole-Class Reading sessions. These cover all of the skills prescribed by the National Curriculum which enable our children to be confident in reading independently. A shared whole-class text guides children through a mastery approach to reading comprehension.

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Writing: For all children to be able to write creatively and academically, for a range of audiences and purposes, through a variety of genes and text types.

'Creatively and academically'

If children are to be successful at secondary school and in later life, they must master the complex system that is writing. It is our aim that all children are able to write both creatively for enjoyment, as well as academically for meeting a specific purpose. Effective writers employ and apply a wide repertoire of knowledge and skills to make them successful. A writer constantly has to consider the skills of handwriting and spelling (transcription), idea generation and planning (composition), and grammar and punctuation (mechanics). We ensure that children are given multiple opportunities to practice and develop these skills, week in - week out. 

'A range of audiences and purposes'

We have a rich diet of engaging and exciting texts and experiences that stimulate high-quality writing within our text-based approach to writing - Literacy Tree. These texts have been selected to meet the needs of our diverse and inclusive community in Thornton Heath. 

'A variety of audiences and text-types'

Through our writing curriculum, children are given the opportunity to write a variety of text-types:

  • Narrative – to tell a story with a problem and a resolution
  • Recount – to recount an event that has happened
  • Information – to inform the reader about a thing, idea or concept
  • Explanation – to explain why or how something happens
  • Procedure – to instruct what to do
  • Persuasion – to convince someone about something
  • Response – to respond and review something

From the beginning of our writing curriculum, we teach awareness of the audience. This builds the foundations for exploring the Academic Register in Key Stage 2, which helps us to write appropriately for a range of audiences with different degrees of formality.

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