At Brockswood, English skills are woven into all of our subjects ensuring children make good progress and develop the secretarial and language skills needed for their future. Each day the children learn through a mixtures of guided reading, guided writing, spelling sessions, focused handwriting, and English lessons.
In line with the raised expectations and our understanding of the importance of handwriting, our children receive daily handwriting sessions where they learn the correct formation of letters and joins. Handwriting sheets are also sent home to be consolidated and practised.
The school is keen to ensure that children learn to read and develop a life long love of reading and literature. This means providing high-quality texts, both fiction and non-fiction, and ensuring that children are introduced to these through cross-curricular projects, story-tellers, and the promotion of books and reading by teachers to children. Reading is given priority in our school.
We use a range of reading schemes in the school and we encourage children to read from a wide variety of genres, exposing them to rich language. An enthusiasm of reading and of literacy is developed from the very earliest stages of the children’s education. The children are taught the skills of reading from nursery, through rigorous phonics teaching and the development of reading strategies, moving onto daily guided reading sessions.
Phonics and Spelling
We predominately use letters and sounds to underpin our teaching of phonics and Rising Stars to support our spelling in the juniors. Children receive phonic lessons daily and spelling programmes run throughout the week following the method of teach, practise, apply and assess.
Throughout the school, where appropriate, the children are awarded certificates to celebrate their successes when they have reached the next stage in their spelling ladders.
The children are given the tools and encouragement to become independent writers from the earliest opportunity. Throughout their journey the children will develop their writing, grammar, and speaking and listening skills, enabling them to write confidently for a variety of purposes. All units are linked to high quality reading texts and focus on the grammar and language structures presented in the National Curriculum. Guided and shared writing are used within lessons to help children develop these skills before they apply their new knowledge to independent work.
Help at Home
This great video gives you top tips for reading at home with your child:
Take a look at the Book Trust website for ideas on engaging your child in reading. There are useful videos, language translators and book suggestions. Please click on the image: