Reading is extremely important to us at Westfields as it underpins learning across the curriculum. We have an extensive library that is at the heart of our school; it is extremely well-stocked and currently contains over 6000 books. Unlike most Junior schools, we also have a fully trained librarian, Mrs Colyer. She ensures that our books are current and appealing to children and works with both groups and individuals to help children progress with their reading skills and recommend books appropriate to individual children. Each child in our school has an allocation of 2 books from the library.
When children are still developing their fluency and understanding of reading, they choose from a selection of scheme books. These have been recently updated and contain modern, visually appealing books, which inspire children to read. Once children become more fluent, confident readers they progress to becoming a ‘free-reader.’ This means that they no longer select a scheme book, but instead choose any two books from the library. We think it is important for children to remain inspired to read, and to read a variety of different texts, so all children can choose 2 books from the library, regardless of whether they are selecting form scheme books or not.
The new curriculum has placed a much greater emphasis on reading across a range of genres, including the ‘Classics’ range. To develop their repertoire of genres, children have a grid at the back of their reading records which encourages them to read a variety of texts.
Within school, children take part in a range of reading activities, including formal reading lessons on a class, group or individual basis reading activities across the curriculum, for example through science or geography.
We expect children to read at home at least 5 times a week and record this in their home reading records.
Spelling is an important life skill. Please see the leaflet below for ways to help your child learn their spellings.
Throughout each year at Westfields, children will learn various spelling patterns, for example words that end in cious or cial and will be given a list of some words to learn at home that follow this spelling rule. The pattern is taught in class and children are expected to be able to apply this pattern to other words that sound similar.
As well as these spelling patterns, the National Curriculum has outlined a list of key words that your child is expected to know at different points within the key stage. The lists are a mixture of words pupils frequently use in their writing and those which they often misspell.
These are the words that your child will be expected to learn by the end of year 4. Click here for a downloadable version.
These are the words that your child will be expected to learn by the end of year 6. Click here for a downloadable version.
We would really appreciate it if you could support your child with practising their spellings.