At Moira Primary School we are determined to develop enthusiastic and confident readers. Learning to read is the foundation for future success. Reading is a core skill that underpins our whole curriculum and we want to ensure that every child is a competent reader by the end of Key Stage two.
Throughout the school we promote a positive ethos for Reading for Pleasure. This is achieved through promoting reading as an activity that is valued and encouraged. Book areas where pupils can browse, choose and read a variety of books are established in every classroom. Reading is actively encouraged further by numerous reading opportunities across the school day. This is in the form of modelled and shared reading within the English curriculum and across the wider curriculum, daily story times where teachers are able to model fluency and the process of making inferences, reading during daily phonic sessions, whole class and small group guided reading sessions. Vocabulary is discussed and extended and all pupils have access to the school library.
The reading reads are suggested texts across the primary age range. In general, the books of the top bit of road are recommended for KS1, the next for Lower KS2 and the bottom row for Upper KS2. The final one or two books on the list are recommended more for the beginning of KS3.
At Moira Primary School, writing is taught through a process called Talk for Writing.
Talk for Writing is powerful because it enables children to imitate the language they need for a particular topic orally before reading and analysing it and then writing their own version. There are three clear sections to the writing process: imitation, innovation and invention. Where possible , literacy texts are linked to the topic, or are linked closely to the expectations of the National Curriculum.