We want all of our pupils to develop a love of reading that stays with them into adulthood.
What happening in Spring term ...
WoW - Writing on the Wall Project in Years 5 and 6.
Pupils are working on creating their own unique Superhero characters and devising some original storylines and plots.
Their completed comic strips stories will be published in book.
At Banks Road high quality English teaching is at the heart of our curriculum.
- speaking and listening
- spelling, grammar and punctuation
At Banks Road we want our pupils to be confident and competent in all of these areas so that they can:
- communicate effectively with others
- express themselves creatively
- appreciate a wide range of literature
- develop critical awareness
- express preferences based on informed judgements
Formal teaching of reading begins in EYFS, through systematic synthetic phonics using 'Story Time Phonics' to embed Letters and Sounds. Children are taught in groups reflecting the phase of the phonics programme that they are currently working within.
Children are immersed in the 'written word' in the learning environment, to enable them to become independent readers.
Children take their Oxford Reading Book and Home Reading Record home at the end of each day to read with their parent/carer. Children are invited to take home a book from their class library too, if they wish.
Parents/carers are expected to read with their child each day for at least ten minutes, for at least five days out of seven. Those pupils who do so are rewarded with a Bronze Standard Sticker. Once children have collected ten Bronze Standard Stickers they progress onto Silver Standard and eventually onto Gold Standard.These achievements are celebrated at our weekly Good News Assembly.
Each classroom has its own class library which is stocked with a wide range of books - both fiction and non-fiction - as well as magazines, newspapers and comics. The content of class libraries is refreshed regularly to maintain children's interest and support their learning across the curriculum.
Children are heard read regularly by an adult during the school week and they are read to daily by their teacher.
Daily Guided Reading sessions take place in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 classes to develop pupils' comprehension skills.
We strive to ensure our pupils have access to a wide range of high quality reading materials.
The children and their parents took part in a 'books at breakfast' morning. All of the children were able to take home a book. They later visited Speke Retail Park where they were treated to a behind the scenes look at B&Q and W. H. Smith.
During the Autumn term, we were visited by authors, Billy Bob Buttons, Stuart Reed and Jude Lennon.
Story Barn also visited each class to help bring literature to life.
We believe that children's writing will develop and grow best when they are provided with a range of interesting and relevant opportunities and experiences for writing. Children are presented with a variety of stimuli: visiting authors, pictures, objects, music, high quality texts, discussion and video clips to support their writing across the curriculum.
Pupils from Year 1 to Year 6 are taught an English lesson for at least one hour each day, during which time they write for a range of purposes including incidental jottings, drafts, plans, editing and final drafts.
Discrete spelling, grammar and punctuation lessons enable pupils to learn new skills and acquire knowledge which they can then apply to their own writing.
Our school is working in partnership with J.M. Education to deliver a programme for parents. The aim is to support parents to become more confident in helping their children with both English and maths homework. Upon completion of the programme you will receive a recognised qualification in Functional Skills L1 or L2 in English and/or maths.
The programme begins on Wednesday 8th November and will continue up until January 2018. If you would like to take part in this exciting opportunity, please contact the school office to book a place.