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.
Year 3 and 4 Reading Workshop:
Year 5 & 6 Reading Workshop:
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.
Listed below are the classes and the details of their chosen poetry performance. Every class was original and creative and this was such a fantastic opportunity for the children to work collaboratively to develop their speaking and listening skills.
3MP – The Sound of the Train – David McCord
3CC – From Red Hot Liquid to Metal Sword – Mary Green & Julie Stanley
3RP – Christine Crump – Colin West – 3rd place
4LB – The Pig – Roald Dahl
4EC – Walking with my Iguana – Brian Moses
4TR – The River – Valerie Bloom
5RM – Sick – Shel Silverstein
5DC – Jabberwocky – Lewis Caroll
5DT – Daffodils – William Wordsworth
6LL – Macavity: The Mystery Cat – T.S. Eliot
6HP – The Spider and the Fly – Mary Howitt – 1st place
6HC – Gran Can You Rap? – Jack Ousby – 2nd place
World Book Day
Westfields Junior School celebrated World Book Day with a bang on Thursday 7th March! As this year’s theme was rather similar to last year, we decided to have our own theme for the day too. As such, each class across the school explored a different book written by the incredible children’s favourite, Julia Donaldson. Each class was given a different book, which they shared and discussed; many may think that these picture books would only be suitable for younger children, but we do not believe this to be the case. With a little creative thinking these relatively simple children’s books offer a wonderful stimulus for quality analysis and writing. Throughout the day, the children completed a range of activities; they delved into their chosen text and explored characters, settings and plots. The children also had the opportunity to consider what questions they would like to ask the author and wrote letters to her. Some classes wrote a quiz to strengthen their comprehension skills and summarised main events identifying key vocabulary. Just before home time, there was great excitement as the children scattered around the school to listen to a story read by a member of our fantastic staff team; there were plenty to choose from including latest titles as well as some old favourites! A great day of sharing stories and strengthening reading and writing skills was had by all!
Reading Matters Week and our ‘Big Buddy Read’
Reading Matters Week has been an amazing event because every class have had the chance to share and enjoy different activities linked to one of Roald Dahl’s books. We have celebrated the importance of reading and have been reminded that reading is a very important part of all our learning and can help us in the future. Each class has enjoyed and read a different Roald Dahl story and we have all created lots of fantastic activities linked to our story. Some of these include: character descriptions, vocabulary cards, games, arts and crafts and books reviews. We cannot wait to see which activities will be in our class story packs in the library for everyone to see and use. We ended the week with our ‘Big Buddy Read’ and had the chance to read to others and meet new people. It has been an amazing experience and a great start to the year!
Written by Scarlett Brown and Gabriella Stephenson 6LL
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Poetry Slam 2019