Inspiring a Love for Lifelong Learning
Learning and assessment at Ashford Park
English, Reading, Writing
Ashford Park now has its own page dedicated to all things ‘Reading’.
On our page, you can find book lists for all year groups, ideas for reluctant readers, inspirational text ideas and much more. This page is password protected meaning anyone who wishes to view our school page will need a password to see it. Please access the page via the URL: https://www.lovereading4schools.co.uk/school/10845 and the page password: AshfordPark. On your first visit you will need to enter this password to view the page and set up your own personal username and password.
Love Reading 4Kids also has lots of excellent ideas for book related activities, just look in the Kids Zone for inspiration. Please be advised that there is a charge to buy the books, however there are really useful extracts, if you wanted a flavour as to what each book is all about!
Reading lessons you could try:
Please find a link to the National Curriculum Programmes of Study for English:
At Ashford Park we believe that the ability to read is fundamental to pupils’ development as independent learners, during their time at school and beyond. Reading is central to our ability to understand, interpret and communicate with each other and the world around us. Success in reading has a direct effect on progress in all areas of the curriculum; therefore reading is given a high priority at Ashford Park, enabling the children to become enthusiastic, independent and reflective readers.
READING IN SCHOOL
Here at Ashford Park we use a whole-class guided reading approach where rich and challenging texts are at the centre of our lessons. An assortment of reading skills are taught alongside the text, which provide the children with the skills to comprehend and understand a variety of genres.
Why this approach?
- It is a focused approach where reading skills are explicitly taught.
- It expands pupils’ vocabulary and deepens their understanding of the texts they are reading.
- Children are able to access rich and challenging texts, with the opportunity to learn from each other and discuss different perspectives.
- This approach enables verbal discussions and written responses.
- It increases the children’s stamina for reading.
How is reading taught?
Whole-class reading follows a similar structure to other taught curriculum subjects; there is one learning objective for the whole class based around the same text and the desired reading skill(s) to be taught.
Over the course of the week, the children complete a range of activities that are devised by the teacher depending on the themes, structure of the chosen text and the focus of the reading skill/s being taught that day:
New Vocabulary from the text is introduced
Children make predictions
Teacher reads the text
Children use summarising skills after it's read
Children read an extract and use ‘Book Talk’ to answer:
Find it… (Retrieval)
and Link it… (Inference) type questions
Children respond to written questions and are trained on ‘how’ to answer these
Follow up Friday
Whole-class guided reading takes place from Year 1 (when ready) to Year 6. Children in Year 1 initially focus on their phonics and are gradually exposed to this approach.
Rationale for the teaching of Writing at Ashford Park
At Ashford Park we believe that learning to write is one of the most important things that a child at primary school will learn. Children use their writing in almost all other subjects of the curriculum. Good writing also gives children a voice to share their ideas with the world. Writing makes a significant contribution to the development of children as thinkers and learners and independence, creativity and individuality is encouraged.
How is WRITING taught at Ashford Park?
At Ashford Park, children are given regular opportunities to write to inform, persuade and entertain through daily lessons. Each term there is a Fiction unit, Non-fiction unit and a poetry unit. These are based around a key text, which can, where appropriate, be linked to the term’s topic or Science work. In each of the units, children will be introduced to a model of excellence to show the expectation for the end of the unit. Within the unit, up to 3 grammar and spelling objectives will be introduced.