Leader of Learning for English: Mrs M Nelis
Remember - we are really keen to receive your children's book recommendations! Just contact Mrs Nelis on the admin email address: firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know the books you and your child have been enjoying together. Then look out for your recommendations in the weekly school bulletin!
We are very excited to introduce our new 'Rainbow Reads' book stock to the children this term. Once children have completed the Read, Write Inc Phonics programme, the book they bring home to read, in addition to their library book, will now be a choice from our 'Rainbow Reads' selection.
These books are a lovely collection of high quality texts we have put together, to develop the children's love of reading for pleasure. Your child will be able to choose from non-fiction books, poetry, picture books and short chapter books. We hope that these tempting texts will really support your child in developing a reading habit for life!
We are having some chilly weather this month! Have a look at the world around you on the way into school in the morning - can you spot any frost glistening on the ground or on the plants or fences? Chat to your child about what you can both notice.
The English Policy outlines our approach to the teaching of all aspects of English at Warden Hill Infant School.
The Power of Reading
We base our English curriculum on the 'Power of Reading' approach developed by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE). This means we use high quality texts in a variety of ways to develop our children's oracy, language comprehension, drama, reading, and writing skills. Our choice of books used in English lessons across the EYFS and KS1 ensures that children meet a wide range of characters and text types.
Each of our year groups are linked with an author, with our class names reflecting aspects of that author's writing. Currently these are:
EYFS - Eric Carle (Butterfly, Caterpillar, Firefly & Ladybird Classes)
Year 1 - Atinuke (Pineapple, Guava, Mango & Pomegranate Classes)
Year 2 - Michael Rosen (Bear, Jellyfish, Bee & Goldfish Classes)
Key Book Corner Texts
As part of our approach to developing a love of reading for pleasure, we ensure that all of our children have access to high quality children's literature in their classroom book collections.
Rhymes, Songs & Poetry at WHI
An appreciation and enjoyment of rhymes, songs and poetry is the right of all of our children, and this document shows how these are mapped across each year group.
We use a systematic synthetic phonics system called 'Read, Write Inc' to teach early reading skills. In the first half term in Reception children are taught in class groups for phonics, and from then on are taught in groups based on their current attainment. Half termly assessments ensure that children are taught at the appropriate point of phonics instruction.
Y2 SATs Presentation
Mrs Gourlay, Y2 Head of Year, gave a presentation to parents on the Y2 Reading Comprehension SATs. You can view this by clicking on the link below.