Throughout the school, we place a strong emphasis on children being exposed to a range of high-quality stories. Regular storytimes occur in each class, helping to develop a love and enjoyment of reading. Through regular story time, we want children to build up an extensive and rich vocabulary.
Read Write Inc in Reception, Year 1, Year 2 and beyond
We are passionate about children being able to read and we strive to help children develop a lifelong love of reading.
At Wilcombe we use the Read Write Inc programme to help children begin to learn to read. Most children begin the programme in Reception where they learn single letter phonemes through a fun and purposeful way. Sounds are taught in a specific order using visual aids, mnemonics and actions. The children are taught in discrete groups with a Read Write Inc teacher. Children learn to blend sounds, enabling them to read words, with the help of Fred Frog!
Children quickly progress on to reading level appropriate books with a partner, with the aim of becoming fluent and able readers. The programme is a high impact and children progress quickly, through high-quality teaching and regular assessments. Most children complete the programme by the end of Year 2.
Accelerated Reader (AR) in KS2
AR is a reading program that helps teachers support and monitor children’s reading practice. Children pick a book at their own level and read it at their own pace. When finished, children take a short online quiz to measure how much of the book they understood. The children are awarded points and can track their own progress. The children in KS2 are enthusiastic about this reading program, developing their comprehension in reading through a range of stories and books.
Reciprocal Reading throughout the school
To ensure that children are developing their comprehension and understanding skills of what they have read, all classes use whole class teaching of reading. A text is carefully selected for all children to read with peers and teachers. Children will then complete a range of questions about the text with the support of their teacher and peers. Children take on roles such as; clarifier, summariser, questioner, predictor and link maker to explore and find meaning in texts. Reciprocal reading emphasises collaboration and supports independent comprehension skills.
Talk for Writing across the school
All children at Wilcombe learn to write through Talk for Writing. Talk for Writing was developed by the author Pie Corbett. It is a fun, creative yet rigorous approach to developing writing skills.
Children begin by learning and internalising a class text through imitation. A hook entices children into the text and begins a rich discussion.
These children have discovered straw and stick houses being blown down, followed by muddy paw prints on the playground. The children thought it was The Three Little Pigs or Farmer Duck.
Children learn to tell the story off by heart. They retell a text with expression and actions and use a story map to support their retelling.
Once the story is learnt and children are confident with the text type and structure, they begin to innovate the original with their own ideas. They then move on to being able to invent their very own story.
We were very fortunate to have a visitor come in to our school on Tuesday 3rd March 2020 at 13:00 to present to our students. David Lawrence Jones is a well-respected author of children’s books and producer of children’s animation. David is renowned for his popular “Bradley Baker adventure books”, “Jig & Saw story books” and “Devon Farm picture books” …plus the brand new “supergeekisland.com” early years educational platform for parents and schools to access animated videos, books and EYFS learning activities.
During his visit, David talked about his working life as an author and what inspired him to start reading and eventually write his own books. David brought some of his stories to life for the children getting them involved with dressing up and acting out key characters.
Some of the author’s books were made available to purchase in school and we set some time aside for David to personally sign copies during his second visit on World Book Day.
Should you wish to find out more about the author and his books you can check out the following website: www.davidlawrencejones.co.uk
The children were completely inspired by their visit from David and many children shared with teachers their desire to start writing and reading. The children and staff thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience of meeting a real author and hearing David’s relatable journey.
World Book Day 2020
This year we invited the children to dress up as a character from a one of their favourite books. The teachers also joined in the fun!
As a school we immersed ourselves into the picture book ‘The Quest’ by Aaron Becker. Each class had a section of the book to explore and interpret. Engaging activities planned, allowed the children to demonstrate their creativity and ability to bring the story to life. Organising an assembly in the afternoon gave the children and staff the opportunity to share their learning with the whole school.
What a wonderful day we had sharing stories and celebrating books!
Story in a Jar – World Book Day Competition
To celebrate sharing stories, we invited the children to take part in our ‘story in a jar’ competition. These consisted of using old cooking jars and inside a representation of a well-loved book. We had such a beautiful collection of entries. We are hoping to find somewhere to display the jars so they can be admired and enjoyed by all.