Vocabulary and Grammar and Spoken Language at George Carey

Our aim is for all children to become confident communicators who are able to interact in a variety of social situations.

Early Years

  • The children follow a curriculum which focuses upon the key communication skills of speaking, listening and understanding. This is reinforced through a love of story which in turn leads to the development of enriched vocabulary.
  • This year Reception children will be introduced to the idea of ‘Big Talk’ which is designed to develop their spoken language.

KS1 / KS2

  • George Carey is currently developing a personalised spoken language curriculum which is aimed to develop confident speakers able to articulate their thought processes clearly, culminating in the ability to take part in activities such as debates, poetry recitals and critical group discussions. Every half term the children are learning by heart a classic poem or passage.
  • The children follow a carefully structured school grammar scheme (Grammar Bug) that enables teachers to assess and track progress through each grammar skill taught.
  • New Grammar skills are taught and those previously learnt are practiced during short, focused sessions throughout the week.
  • The school subscribes to Grammar Bug (this can be found in the children’s Bug Club account – see above). Interactive on-line games provide children with the opportunity to practice taught grammar skills at home.
  • Children are encouraged to transfer taught grammar skills into both their speech and writing. They explore literature to find examples of grammar for purpose and effect.
  • Every week the children are expected to apply grammatical skills, knowledge and understanding in an extended piece of writing.
  • Vocabulary including topic specific vocabulary e.g. scientific language – is expanded and developed in every lesson throughout the school.

Early Years

  • In the nursery the children will have access to a new library opening soon.
  • They will have opportunities to share their library book with parent/carers at school and home.
  • In EYFS the children are encouraged to read and re-read a wide variety of traditional stories, nursery rhymes and information books.
  • When the children start to learn phonics, they may take home a phonetically decodable reading for them to practise their phase 2 skills.

 

Reading at George Carey

 

KS1 / KS2

  • Every week the children take home new reading books that are at an appropriate reading level. This to support both their word and comprehension understanding/development.
  • They also have access to e-books to supplement and enrich home reading (see Bug Club below).
  • When the KS1/KS2 library opens soon, the children will choose their own book from a wide range of poetry, fiction and non-fiction suitable for their age and interest levels
  • Guided reading takes place weekly – an opportunity for the children to learn and practise their reading skills. Teachers set appropriate targets and assess the children’s reading progress throughout the small guided group reading session.
  • George Carey prides itself in making sure that the children read every day in a variety of ways with a wide range of literature. Some of these ways include: peer reading, individual reading to an adult, shared reading, reading to audiences, poetry recitals, independent reading, outdoor reading.

KS2 Spelling at George Carey

  • Children are learning the statutory spellings for the new curriculum 2014.
  • George Carey is currently investigating and developing a new scheme to support the children in this area

 Writing at George Carey

EYFS

  • From the very first days in the school the children follow a mark-making curriculum designed to develop their early writing skills. This lays the foundation for confident writers in the future.
  • Children participate in activities like carpet drama which link into big talk and big writing (see below) and this allows them to develop high order writing content.

KS1/KS2

  • In 2013 the school introduced ‘The Big Write’. A vision was shared and developed through in-service training for staff ensuring a consistent and progressive approach to the development of writing throughout the school.
  • The school has taken elements from Ros Wilson, Pie Corbett and other tried and tested pedagogical writing theories to create a holistic approach to writing that encompasses both the technical and creative elements of the writing process.
  • Links are made to other curriculum areas especially the IPC (International Primary Curriculum) topic foundation subjects to support genres such as report writing and investigation summaries.
  • To support the above the school scheme is Wordsmith (Pearson) which advocates quality and classical literature in fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

Early Years

  • The children’s learning is built on a foundation of rhyme, alliteration, rhythm and many more sound identification games (Phase 1, Letters and Sounds https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/190599/Letters_and_Sounds_-_DFES-00281-2007.pdf )
  • They learn phoneme and grapheme correspondences every day through a multi-sensory approach which includes actions, songs and games (Jolly Phonics).
  • Word and simple sentence level skills are taught systematically and progressively ensuring that all children can access the mechanics of reading in a fun and structured way (Letters and Sounds Phase 2-3)

Phonics at George Carey

KS1

  • Phonics is taught daily building on the skills acquired in the early years, moving the children onto a higher level of word and sentence understanding (Letters and Sounds Phase 4-6)
  • They begin to investigate alternative ways to spell a unit of sound e.g. ay, ai, eigh
  • The children begin to make links with their phonic learning across the curriculum, particularly in spoken language and grammar. For example they explore how root words are affected by different tenses or what happens when the singular changes to the plural.
  • George Carey subscribes to a phonic programme called ‘Phonic Bug’. It provides the children with access to interactive computer games designed to develop the phonic skills within the phase they are working at.

Phonic help for parents – listen to the sounds that your children are learning …

http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/reading-site/expert-help/phonics-made-easy

Bug Club www.bugclub.co.uk

  • George Carey Primary School subscribes to a reading programme called The Bug Club; a reading programme that allows children to read and interact with a huge range of e-books using the school computers.
  • All children at George Carey are able to access the e-books at home. All they need is a computer, laptop, smartphone etc. and access to the internet. This could be at home, at their grandparents’, at a friend’s home or even at the local library. Every Child has been given a login card; on it will be their username and password to access their ‘virtual’ book-bag. When you first access ‘Bug Club’ you will need to enter the ‘School ID’. Our school ID is: s6qp
  • The children really enjoy the books. The software enables each child to access a number of e-books on the computer carefully selected by the class teacher. Children are able to read books onscreen and can complete fun comprehension questions found in the e-Books.
  • If you experience any problems with Bug Club please see your child’s class teacher and we will endeavor to resolve the problem.

Reading Interventions

(Develop and reinforce key strategies to help children read at the desired level)

  • Talk boost
  • Nuffield spoken language programme (EYFS) / reading (Year 1)
  • Language link
  • Phonic Reading Intervention – Alien Adventures (KS1) Project X (KS2)
  • Benchmarking

Reading Interventions

(Develop and reinforce key strategies to help children read at the desired level)

  • Talk boost
  • Nuffield spoken language programme (EYFS) / reading (Year 1)
  • Language link
  • Phonic Reading Intervention – Alien Adventures (KS1) Project X (KS2)
  • Benchmarking

KS2

  • Children are learning the statutory handwriting statutory requirements for the new curriculum 2014
  • George Carey is currently investigating and developing a new scheme to support the children in this area.