Literacy is taught not only thorough specific lessons, but is also a huge part of the culture of the school.
‘Literacy’ covers the teaching of reading, writing and speaking. It is taught not only thorough specific lessons, but is also a huge part of the culture of the school.
There are regular reading, handwriting, spelling, punctuation and grammar lessons. The creative curriculum ensures that all knowledge and skills can then be applied with purpose and enjoyment.
The Queensbridge aim is for the children to leave our school reading fluently but also very importantly with a love of reading. Reading is used as a tool to access information throughout our curriculum.
It is taught initially through shared stories (FS) leading to more formal ‘Daily Supported Reading’ in Reception and Year 1. This is a reading programme that ensures all children have daily opportunities to read independently, in small groups, at their ability level with a trained adult. This continues into early Year 2 alongside Guided Reading sessions. In Key Stage 2 these Guided Reading sessions continue with a focus on key strategies for comprehending messages and accessing information. There is a wide range of books, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry and graphic novels available in the school for the children to read and listen to. Adults share books daily through story time and topic work. Children also have regular opportunities to visit the library. We have recently refurbished our school library and children are regularly visit to share stories and change books.
Children are regularly monitored and any children who do meet the expected standard will receive support in a range of ways according to their level of need.
An early intervention 1-1 literacy programme (Reading Recovery) for children who need a quick and effective catch up in Year 1.
In class group support from Reading Recovery teachers in Year 2
TA 1-1 reading programme (15 minutes a day) for children with Special Educational Needs in KS2
Reading coaches providing 1-1 support from Year 2 up
Reading volunteers to engage children (Beanstalk and CSV) in KS2
Parents and Reading
We recommend that parents listen to their children read regularly as well as reading books to them for enjoyment. Coffee mornings share information on how we teach reading. Book bags are changed regularly.