Reading at Carrington Junior School
Read for fun. Read to learn. Read for life.
At Carrington Junior School, we know it is important that all children become lifelong readers no matter their starting point. Reading opens doors to new worlds and ideas, so we want children to want to read and enjoy a range of different genres; not just for learning tasks but because it’s exciting.
Pupils make their way through a clear progression of skills, in order to become fluent readers and confident consumers of texts. This enables them to access the curriculum in junior school and beyond. There are strong links between reading and spiritual, moral and cultural learning, as understanding different lives help children to become more active and understanding members of society.
We recognise that the reading skills the children learn now are building blocks for their future and will enable them to access a wider of opportunities beyond their school life.
We use the Big Cat reading scheme across the school to support the development of individual reading skills. The scheme includes a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts, which gradually build in range of vocabulary and length of text. The Big Cat Books are supported by comprehension discussion prompt cards which help pupils to develop their deeper understanding of the texts they read.
We also have a range of Big Cat and National Geographic phonics books to support those pupils in the initial stages of reading development. These have been carefully selected to be appropriate to the interests of Key Stage 2 pupils, including those with SEND. All pupils are screened for phonics gaps upon entry to the school and these gaps are addressed through small group interventions and 1:1 support where required.
Extending more able readers
For pupils at the top of the school who have successfully completed the Big Cat scheme, we have a free reading book selection which includes full length classics and a range of quality modern children’s fiction suitable for those aged ten and above.
Pupils are taught reading comprehension skills through whole class guided reading, which has an emphasis upon quality discussion of texts. Using quality texts and high quality discussion between pupils with the support of the teacher, pupils develop their skills for understanding new vocabulary and concepts. Pupils learn the skills of inference and deduction as well as learning to give their opinions clearly and use the text to justify their ideas.
Writing at Carrington Junior School
A journey through the curriculum to the future.
At Carrington Junior School, writing is an integral part of our whole school curriculum. It is our intention that pupils develop a clear understanding of the writing process in order to establish themselves as an author with a voice of their own.
Through our book-led curriculum, chosen to enhance learning through links with other areas, pupils are taken on a writing journey which builds their knowledge of writing for a variety of contexts and purposes, allowing opportunities for the children to explore a variety of genres.
Pupils will develop their knowledge of genre features, audience, language and effective composition. It is our intention to broaden our pupils' exposure to high level vocabulary to allow pupils to apply their understanding of vocabulary and grammatical features within and across the English curriculum.
The writing process
We follow a school agreed writing process which has helped us to improve the quality of our writing.
Plan – Compose – Revise –
Edit – Publish – Evaluate
The stages of the writing process help our pupils to develop their writer’s voice over a series of sessions, paying particular attention to the audience and purpose of their writing.
Across the school pupils learn to write in a range of genres, and links to other parts of the curriculum are made to reinforce learning and make writing meaningful. Writing tasks aim to be linked to topic or PSHE coverage within the same term, with further opportunities to write using their knowledge of particular genres across the curriculum.
Across all areas of our curriculum we promote high quality discussion and talk. Pupils are supported to expand their vocabulary and increase their confidence in discussions using stem sentences and sentence starters.
Spellings and vocabulary
Spelling and vocabulary coverage are carefully planned into our English lessons. Each year group uses planned focus words for a week at a time to give pupils the opportunity to use and embed new vocabulary.
Our spelling patterns are taught weekly and also used for handwriting practice alongside our handwriting scheme.