At Sherington we aim to promote a love of English; it is placed at the heart of all we do and underpins our entire curriculum.
The Sherington curriculum for English ensures that pupils:
Using high quality texts as a basis for learning really engages the children and helps to develop quality writing as well as stimulating learning in other areas of the curriculum. The modelling of reading teaches pupils to develop reading habits that improve their imagination, language and communication skills. By the time pupils leave us they will have read many books by significant authors such as: Mick Inkpen, Julia Donaldson, David Almond, Oliver Jeffers, Michael Morpurgo, Anthony Browne, Shakespeare and Malorie Blackman. The teaching of reading is fundamental to the holistic development of our children, and as such, takes place as an integral part of every child’s daily experiences.
In the early stages of reading, we teach children to decode words using phonic skills as their main approach, alongside which we teach sight vocabulary. Once grasped, the focus for developing reading is understanding and comprehension. Your child will read with their class teacher during their guided reading session each week.
HOME READING AND READING FOR PLEASURE
Developing readers will bring home levelled books and a book from their book corner each week. Independent readers will bring home a self-selected book from their book corner. Children are encouraged to use their reading record to record their enjoyment of reading.
At Sherington, phonics is taught daily, within small groups, to all children in Nursery, Reception and Key Stage One. We follow the Letters and Sounds programme; however, we use the songs, rhymes and actions from Ruth Miskin – ReadWriteInc to teach children the letters of the alphabet and their matching sounds.
By the end of Reception children are expected to know all Phase Three sounds. By the end of Year One all children are expected to know all Phase Five sounds. By the time they have finished Key Stage One, most children at Sherington are secure in Phase Six sounds. This phase moves away from learning sounds and focuses on spelling rules and patterns.
Alongside phonics, we also teach the children how to spell from Reception onwards. We believe that learning to spell is an important tool for your child to use as an essential part of day-to-day life, as well as in their learning. We teach spelling by focusing on spelling patterns, prefixes and suffixes, knowledge of word origin and root words. Children from Year 1 upwards will be given weekly spellings for homework, where they will be tested on them the following week.
At Sherington, we follow the Talk4Writing approach to teach writing. It is a powerful way of teaching writing because it enables children to imitate the language they need for a particular genre of writing orally, before reading and analysing it – then writing their own version.
It builds on 3 key stages:
Stage 1: Imitation
Once the class teacher has established a creative context and an engaging start, the Talk4Writing unit would begin with some engaging activities warming up the tune of the text, to help children internalise the pattern of the language required. This is then followed by learning an exemplar text, supported visually by a text map and physical movements to help the children recall the story or non-fiction piece. In this way, the children hear the text, say it for themselves and enjoy it before seeing it written down. Once they have internalised the language of the text, they are in a position to read it and start to think about the key tools (features) that help to make it work.
Stage 2: Innovation
Once the children have internalised the text, they are then ready to start innovating on the pattern. Younger children and less confident writers alter their text maps and orally rehearse what they want to say, creating their own version. Older children and more confident writers use the boxing-up technique, innovating on the exemplar text. The key activity in this stage is shared writing, helping the children to write their own by ‘doing one together’ first. This allows the children to see how you can innovate on the exemplar text and select words and phrases that really work.
Stage 3: Independent Application
This stage continues to focus on the next steps needed to support progress so that the children can become independent speakers and writers of this type of genre. More examples of the text may be shared, followed by more shared writing on a related topic and then the children can have a go themselves on a related topic of their own choosing.
GRAMMAR AND PUNCTUATION
At Sherington, grammar and punctuation is taught during English sessions through contextualised learning linked to the exemplar text. Grammar, language and punctuation skills are taught through analysis of the writer’s use of effective vocabulary choices, language structures and writing style. Children are given opportunities to practise and develop their own writing style using the skills they have learnt. Children will also learn different grammar and punctuation styles in isolation to prepare them for end of Key Stage tests.
We follow the Nelson Handwriting Policy. All handwriting sessions are planned for and modelled. Key Stage 2 focus on correct spelling as well as the correct starting point, letter formation and join. Pupils who consistently show the Sherington expectations for handwriting and presentation in all of their books can earn their pen license enabling them to use a handwriting pen across the curriculum.
Ruth Miskin Cards
Spelling Rules and Patterns
World Book Day 2020: Thursday 5th March
This year, our chosen book is: Return by Aaron Becker.
Caldecott Honor winner Aaron Becker delivers a suspenseful and moving climax to his wordless trilogy, an epic that began with the award-winning Journey and continued with the celebrated follow-up Quest.
Failing to get the attention of her busy father, a lonely girl turns back to a fantastic world for friendship and adventure. It’s her third journey into the enticing realm of kings and emperors, castles and canals, exotic creatures and enchanting landscapes. This time, it will take something truly powerful to persuade her to return home, as a gripping backstory is revealed that will hold readers in its thrall.
Please follow the link below to find out more about the story and to be inspired: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmC1m1H-leg.
World Book Day 2019: Thursday 7th March
This year, our chosen book is A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers.
Stories bring us together, provide shared experiences and glimpses into the unknown, broaden outlooks, entertain, transport, educate, and inspire. Reading is the foundation of every child’s education, and fostering a love of story is the first step in creating a reader.
I am a Child of Books. I come from a world of stories. And upon my imagination, I float.
In this inspiring, lyrical tale about the rewards of reading and sharing stories, a little girl sails her raft “across a sea of words” to arrive at the house of a small boy. There she invites him to come away with her on an adventure. Guided by his new friend, the boy unlocks his imagination and a lifetime of magic lies ahead of him… But who will be next?
To find out more about A Child of Books and to get inspiration for costumes please click here.
World Book Day 2018: Thursday 1st March
This year, our chosen book is Blue Planet II.
With Blue Planet II being so popular at the moment, we thought it would be a great idea to mix things up and take full advantage of such an amazing book being published about the oceans surrounding us. It also gives us chance to explore non-fiction, showing to our children that reading does not only have to be that of story books.
From ambush hunters such as the carnivorous bobbit worm to cuttlefish mesmerising their prey with a pulsating light display, Blue Planet II reveals the never-before-seen secrets of the ocean. With over 200 breath-taking photographs from the BBC Natural History Unit’s spectacular footage, each chapter of Blue Planet II brings to life a different habitat of the oceanic world. A final chapter explores the science and technology of the Ocean enterprise – not only how they were able to capture these amazing stories on film, but what the future holds for marine life based on these discoveries.
Check out some of the fantastic scenes:
World Book Day 2017
Biscuit Bear – by Mini Grey
World Book Day 2016
Toys in Space – by Mini Grey
World Book Day 2015
On Tuesday 15th September 2015, Children’s Author Mac Barnett came to our school to talk to children from Sherington and Invicta about his books, being an author and the process of writing a story and getting it edited, illustrated and published. He read one of his short picture books, and discussed the content with the children. As well as reading an excerpt from another book, The Terrible Two.