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Paget Primary School, Paget Road, Pype Hayes, Birmingham

English

At Paget we make English fun, using exciting texts and engaging materials to inspire children and capture their imagination.

Writing

Through our lessons, we teach meaningful and purposeful literacy so that children can see exactly how crucial reading and writing is and how it is used in everyday life. Children learn how to communicate effectively in a wide range of writing styles.

We ensure the children have exciting and stimulating things to write about in different aspects of our curriculum. In lessons, Paget ensures that children are taught the skills necessary making sure that every year they build upon previous skills.

During English and through topics, children are exposed to a range of different texts, videos and experiences to help them write purposeful, relevant pieces of work. They learn how to organise their own work so it suits the purpose and audience.

As much as possible, we write for real purposes and audiences and across the curriculum too. By making writing cross curricular we aim to make children into passionate writers who are enthused and excited to write. When pupils enjoy what they are writing about, they write more and they write with increased skill and enthusiasm to succeed. As part of the curriculum, children are taught to edit and improve their writing and do so regularly.

Spellings

There is a high focus upon spelling within the curriculum and key words have been set for each year group/s. Children need to practise these as much as possible. The statutory spellings can be found below:

Reading and Phonics

Further to writing sessions, we have guided reading and regular spelling and phonics teaching. A range of texts are studied to develop reading skills. Children are encouraged to read as much as possible and not just books. Comics, magazines, newspapers, the internet and leaflets are all used and encouraged within the teaching and learning of reading at Paget.

Understanding text and developing a love of books begins the moment a child steps through the doors at Paget Primary School.

In the Foundation Stage up to Year 2, children are taught how to recognise, say and spell a range of phonetic words (or 'phonics'- the links between the letters and the sounds that they make) which continues into Year 3 where appropriate. Phonics is taught every day as it's important that children gain a solid grasp of understanding key letter strings as quickly as possible. All children learn phonics through the ‘Phonics Bug’ scheme, which takes its objectives from the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme. They are taught through 20 minute daily sessions and have a number of lively resources and games to accompany the teaching.

Phonics teaching and learning is a carefully-structured, progressive learning journey, adapted from the Letters and Sounds programme. The phonics teaching is split into six phases that run from the Foundation Stage (Phases 1-4), Year 1 (Phase 5) and Year 2 (Phase 6).

Every day, children also have guided reading activities with adults in the classroom and are listened to read at least once a week to develop their fluency and expression. These sessions provide children with access to a range of high quality texts. Our children are also given time every week in our well-resourced library where they can pick a book of their choice to read for pleasure. Key Stage 2 build upon their earlier reading knowledge and children are exposed to a range of book genres and types including classic and contemporary poetry, books from other cultures as well as books from our literary heritage. Library visits continue and reading challenges take place across the school.

Children are encouraged to love books across the school and reading is promoted by all adults. Each class has story time where the class share and enjoy a book together. Reading is also embedded right across the curriculum through other subjects such as Writing, Science and History. It's our mission to make sure that children love to read!

Reading Challenge

Paget children have the opportunity to take part in Paget’s Reading Challenge, where they can move up levels depending on what books they have read. Each year group has a list of recommended books that are suitable for their age range and that challenges them.