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writing

Bainbridge, Askrigg and West Burton primary schools have implemented the ‘Talk for Writing’ approach to teaching English.  This is a method of teaching writing that enables children to imitate the key language they need orally before they try reading and analysing it. Children take part in fun activities that help them rehearse the tune of the language, followed by shared writing to show them how to manipulate language effectively. They are then ready to write independently, drawing on their learning to create a confident and effective text.

There are three stages in Talk for Writing:

1) Imitation - the children learn a text and the language they need

2) Innovation - the children adapt the text with ideas of their own

3) Invention - the children create their own text using the language and skills that the model taught them.

We also use a comprehensive handwriting programme called ‘Letter Join’ which teaches children the mechanics of writing from the very earliest stages of emergent writing. This programme can be accessed through RMUnify. We teach a cursive (joined) script right from the very beginning, as soon as children are beginning to form their first letters.

READING

Reading is a core skill which is key to pupils’ learning in all subjects. In EYFS and KS1 we ensure that our children learn to read. During KS1 and throughout KS2, the focus shifts to ‘reading to learn’.

At EYFS and KS1, phonics sessions take place daily until children are fluent readers with the decoding skills they need to tackle a range of books. 

Guided reading is our primary approach to the teaching of reading. In small groups, children work on a book which is pitched just above their current independent reading level. It is during these sessions that the class teacher will explicitly teach and develop reading skills, word-recognition and comprehension. 

Our children access a wide variety of books in school. Each child takes home a daily reading book which will match his/her independent reading ability. In other words, it should be a pleasure to read rather than a struggle. There are several opportunities for children to change these books during the week. We ask that you regularly listen to your child read at home (daily if possible) and record this in the child’s Reading Record, which will be checked by the class teacher.

Every child also has access to the library. We have developed our libraries on all three sites so that the children can borrow and return at any of our schools. Children have a free choice of books with age-appropriate content.

Finally, we have our popular ‘Round the World Reading Challenge’. This encourages children to tackle a wide variety of challenges, matched to their age group. They are awarded certificates in our Celebration Assemblies when they complete the set of challenges for each country.

EGPS (ENGLISH GRAMMAR, PUNCTUATION AND SPELLING)

EGPS is embedded across the curriculum. In addition to this, we teach EGPS as a discrete subject, using a variety of skills based games and writing challenges that help children develop their understanding of grammatical rules. Throughout every writing unit, children are taught spelling, grammar and punctuation rules that are related to, and appropriate for, the text type that they are focusing on.

SPOKEN LANGUAGE

Across all aspects of the national curriculum we provide opportunities for children to present and discuss their work and ideas. Oral rehearsal of written work is an important way of developing ideas, improving work and ensuring the use of Standard English.

SPELLINGS

Every week, children are introduced to a new spelling pattern or rule and they are given time to develop their understanding of this in class. A list of spellings that follow this rule are sent home on a Wednesday and children are expected to learn these in readiness for a Monday morning spelling test.

For more information about English, please contact our subject leader, Miss Vicky Collins (based at West Burton): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Year 3/4 Spellings

Year 5/6 Spellings

accident(ally)

actual(ly)

address

answer

appear

arrive

believe

bicycle

breath

breathe

build

busy/business

calendar

caught

centre

century

certain

circle

complete

consider

continue

decide

describe

different

difficult

disappear

early

earth

eight/eighth

enough

exercise

experience

experiment

extreme

famous

favourite

February

forward(s)

fruit

grammar

group

guard

guide

heard

heart

height

history

imagine

increase

important

interest

island

knowledge

learn

length

library

material

medicine

mention

minute

natural

naughty

notice

occasion(ally)

often

opposite

ordinary

particular

peculiar

perhaps

popular

position

possess(ion)

possible

potatoes

pressure

probably

promise

purpose

quarter

question

recent

regular

reign

remember

sentence

separate

special

straight

strange

strength

suppose

surprise

therefore

though/although

thought

through

various

weight

woman/women

accommodate

accompany

according

achieve

aggressive

amateur

ancient

apparent

appreciate

attached

available

average

awkward

bargain

bruise

category

cemetery

committee

communicate

community

competition

conscience*

conscious*

controversy

convenience

correspond

criticise (critic + ise)

curiosity

definite

desperate

determined

develop

dictionary

disastrous

embarrass

environment

equip (–ped, –ment)

especially

exaggerate

excellent

existence

explanation

familiar

foreign

forty

frequently

government

guarantee

harass

hindrance

identity

immediate(ly)

individual

interfere

interrupt

language

leisure

lightning

marvellous

mischievous

muscle

necessary

neighbour

nuisance

occupy

occur

opportunity

parliament

persuade

physical

prejudice

privilege

profession

programme

pronunciation

queue

recognise

recommend

relevant

restaurant

rhyme

rhythm

sacrifice

secretary

shoulder

signature

sincere(ly)

soldier

stomach

sufficient

suggest

symbol

system

temperature

thorough

twelfth

variety

vegetable

vehicle

yacht

 

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Our schools are located in the picturesque villages of Bainbridge, Askrigg, and West Burton in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.  Ours schools are happy places with high aspirations for all our children and we work actively with our parents and community to ensure that we provide the best educational experiences for our children.

 

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