Share is the group that leads on history, art, RE and literacy.
The main priority for SHARE will be the quality of teaching and learning in literacy and in particular reading and spelling.
We will continue our focus on reading diaries from last year. The format for reading diaries changed last year in response to what was happening in classes and all children have a reading diary that is age-appropriate. We now intend to continue to develop the effectiveness of these and encourage parents to support this at home.
We will monitor that:
- Everything possible is done to make sure reading diaries go home.
- All comments written in reading diaries by child or parent is acknowledged.
- Challenge/follow up of children's written responses to the texts they are reading and related AF questions.
- Reading diaries provide information to parents with how they can support their child's reading at home.
Our focus this year is to encourage reading for pleasure. For more information about some of the initiatives see Literacy – reading.
We were really pleased with all the hard work staff and pupils put in last year in order to get to grips with the new terminology brought about by changes to the curriculum for spelling, grammar and punctuation.
We believe that children should be encouraged to become good writers.
Spelling will be a priority this year. We will monitor the progress of spelling for all pupils across the school. Children will begin with age-appropriate materials. Once they have achieved these and proved they have embedded and consolidated they will progress to the next step. We will be monitoring information sent home to enable parents to support their child’s progress with this.
We continue to showcase examples of exciting writing which is taking place in school each week. Check out the Exciting Writing tab.
For further information and ideas on how to support you child at home with literacy take a look at the following sections under LITERACY:
- Reading EYFS to Y6
- Reading Diaries EYFS to Y6
- 3 Stages of Writing
- Phonics (EYFS & KS1)
- Spelling, Grammar & Punctuation (KS1 & KS2)
- Parent Information Evening Reading & Spelling 01.11.16
In listening to the children we have made changes in our approach to teaching this subject and last year we adopted the BIG RE approach. We set out to achieve a higher level of interest and engagement from the children and RE lessons they enjoy and make them think. Each half term the children are posed with a question with a religious theme. They reflect upon what this means to them and their everyday lives.
BIG RE aims to:
- Raise and investigate questions about a religious issue or theme that can be related to their own lives eg. creation, diversity, worship, good and evil, making our locality better, religious conflict and co-operation.
- Engage in conversation/debate and in doing so gather information, consider alternatives and develop thinking on the theme eg. hearing from believers, researching for themselves, doing a survey, working with dilemmas.
- Encounter stimulating religious and spiritual materials in compelling ways eg. using film and video creatively, performing drama, hearing inspiring talk, tackling group tasks.
- Encourage the children to make creative, thoughtful and personal responses to the theme discussion eg. in art, dance, writing, careful thinking, deepening reflection and expression.
- Ask the question – What does this mean to me?
Monitoring and feedback to governors showed that pupils are responding positively to this changed approach. We are challenging the children with some new themes this year
To find out more about these question see RE.