Literacy

The new curriculum has placed new objectives for learning across all areas of the curriculum, but especialiy the core subjects such as maths and literacy.  At the bottom of each section, you will see a link to the new objectives for each year group.  In Key Stage 2 (years 3 - 6) the learning objectives are often sub-divided into lower KS2 (years 3 & 4) or upper KS2 (years 5 & 6).  Where there are no objectives in a box, the objectives are carried across both years for learning.

 

Speaking & Listening

We acknowledge and value the role of parents and carers in nurturing their child's language skills before starting school and continuing through their time in school and we work alongside Bow Bears Pre-school with this in mind. At school, pupils use Talking Partners; other pupils that they work with on a regular basis, so that they can listen to one another, respond, rehearse and discuss strategies and methods.

Reading

At Bow School, we develop and extend the skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening through a variety of approaches. Children are encouraged to become independent readers. In Foxcubs & Otters;  pupil reading is linked to the phonics work that is part of the daily curriculum in class.  Children also read on a daily basis to our dedicated Parent Volunteers, which enables them to make good solid progress. All children are encouraged to take home a range of books to share with parents.

 

Writing

We aim to make children competent and confident writers, able to write their own fiction, poetry and non-fiction texts. Writing is an essential skill, and teachers deliver this through Literacy Teaching sequences, which are tailored to meet the diverse needs of all our pupils. The teaching of spelling (which is linked phonics in EYFS and KS1) and handwriting are key to the skills necessary to develop fluent, confident writing. We use many 'Talk for Writing' techniques, valuing the importance of being able to 'talk it' before children 'write it'. We immerse the children in core texts, use a wide range of stimulus to 'magpie' ideas, capture our own ideas at word and sentence level, then progress onto independent writing, with opportunities to edit and improve out work as we go.

Vocabulary, Punctuation & Grammar

We aim to use our writing sessions to develop a deeper awareness of spelling, punctuation and grammar, so that pupils use everyday writing opportunities to embed this area of learning. There may be occassions where an area of this subject has to be taught discreetly, but we aim to keep this to a minimum.