Our English Co-ordinators are Mrs Moxon and Miss Taylor
M P Robertson
We have been really lucky to have the author and illustrator, M P Robertson, visit our school in November. He got the whole school excited sharing his secrets about dragons in our assembly. He then visited classes to read stories or show us how to become illustrators ourselves. Mark inspired the children and the teachers throughout the day. Take a look at some of the class pages to see pictures of this fun day!
At Upperby, we follow the READ WRITE INC. literacy programme. It is taught in EYFS and Key Stage 1.
Starting in Reception, all children are taught to read phonetically using the Read, Write Inc. scheme. Reading books are provided that also follow the scheme. Other reading schemes are used to supplement these as the children progress through the school, such as Collins Big Cat, Oxford Reading Tree, Oxford Songbirds and Project X.
We use Renaissance Learning Accelerated Reading program from Year 1 onwards. This is a structured online reading program. It involves children reading a book from their appropriate level, taking on-line quizzes which gives them immediate feedback and increases their level of literacy. The children develop their reading skills most effectively when they read appropriately challenging books - difficult enough to keep them engaged but not so difficult that they become frustrated.
We use lots of different strategies to engage the children in the writing process. All children will spend an appropriate number of weeks learning about a text type, discovering the key elements, practising these skills, composing, drafting and editing their work until they are ready to complete their extended writing.
We use Power of Reading to supplement the teaching of English using high quality books and creative teaching approaches (such as art and drama). This enables children to deepen their understanding of challenging texts and provides a meaningful context for writing.