English is taught from Foundation through to year 2 here at Heronshaw School. In 2017 the school was awarded the Literacy Mark for Excellence. Mrs Langford is responsible for English here at school. Mrs Ravilious is our leader for 'reading' at school.
Writing at Heronshaw School
As a school we have adopted "The Write Stuff" by Jane Considine to bring clarity to the mechanics of writing. "The Write Stuff" follows a method called "Sentence Stacking" which refers to the fact that sentences are stacked together chronologically and organised to engage children with short, intensive moments of learning that they can then immediately apply to their own writing. An individual lesson is based on a sentence model, broken in to three chunks:
- Initiate section – a stimulus to capture the children’s imagination and set up a sentence.
- Model section – the teacher close models a sentence that outlines clear writing features and techniques.
- Enable section – the children write their sentence, following the model.
Children are challenged to ‘Deepen the Moment’ which requires them to draw upon previously learnt skills and apply them to their writing during that chunk.
"The Write Stuff" also reinforces grammar through the use of:
- The FANTASTICs which are an acronym that summarise the ideas of writing.
- The Grammar Rainbow is a classroom tool that enables the teacher to drive key grammar messages.
- The BOOMTASTICs which helps children capture 10 ways of adding drama and poetic devices to writing in a vivid visual.
'Book Talk' (Previously referred to as Guided Reading) at Heronshaw School
As a school we have adopted ‘Book Talk’ by Jane Considine. It is a systematic way to teach reading strategies across the whole school from Foundation Stage to Year 2. It is underpinned by certain guiding principles:
- Pupils are organised into reading attainment groups and share a set of the ‘same’ books pitched at their level with appropriate challenge.
- All pupils in the classroom will be accessing narrative, non-fiction or poetry at the same time.
- Pupils will receive a daily 30 minute ‘Book Talk’ session and once a week will intensively work with the class teacher for a ‘guided read’.
- The session is layered with open-ended whole class questions to tackle the three layers of the reading rainbow.
- Book Talk is structured with three reasons to read. The reasons to read are taken from ‘The Reading Rainbow’. One reason is taken from the top layer of the rainbow under FANTASTIC. The second reason is taken from the STYLISTIC layer. The third reason is taken from the ANALYTICS layer. These are introduced to the pupils in chunks and it is through these generic lenses they think and discuss their reading material.
English Curriculum Documents
Additional ideas and resources to use at home
Check out this site with access to online books (eBooks) for children to enjoy.
Words for Life
This is a site with age related links to help parents access resources for all abilities.
A great place to find up-to-date information on apps for iPads and other tablets.