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1 Tarleton Mere Brow C of E Primary School Y2-Y6 LITERACY PRESENTATION March 2013

2 Welcome We will be looking at what we already do and how we would like to expand on that. The aims of this presentation are to give you a brief overview of literacy in this school in Y2-Y6. We will also talk about the levels within the literacy framework and what is the expected level for your child’s year. At the end there will be an opportunity given for any general questions that you may wish to ask. For individual feedback we would request that you book an appointment via the school office.

3 Reading Writing And don’t forget speaking and listening!

4 When is literacy taught? Four focus groups per week where children work with children of a similar ability and concentrate on phonics work and undertake guided reads at the groups level. (2 hours total). Mrs Nightingale – Accelerated Phonics (14 weeks) Mrs Locker – Phases 2 and 3 Mrs Alty – Phases 4, 5 and 6 Mrs Worthington – Phases 5 and 6 Mrs Neave – Phases 6+ Mrs Tabarin – Grammar Punctuation Spelling practice

5 What is phonics? Phonics is a method for teaching reading and writing the English language by developing learners' phonemic awareness (the ability to hear, identify, and manipulate phonemes – a basic linguistic unit of sound) – in order to teach the relationship between these sounds and the spelling patterns (graphemes - written language) that represent them. Phonics is split into 6 phases. Normally by the end of Y1 your child will be at phase 5, and phase 6 by the end of Y2. ALL CHILDREN BENEFIT FROM REVISITING THESE PHASES! IT SECURES THEIR LEARNING!

6 When is literacy taught? A further three whole class literacy specific sessions per week based around the current topic. (2 ¼ hours total). A dedicated whole class comprehension session to help build up confidence in understanding the text. (45 minutes). A quiet handwriting session where some 1 to 1 time with the teacher is given to correct handwriting errors and practice spellings from work undertaken during the week. (45 minutes.) A paired reading session across the whole school on a Friday afternoon. (30 minutes).

7 Other literacy opportunities: Weekly spelling tests. Modelled reading: Stories read by the teacher. Lunchtime story telling club. Written exercises in other lessons e.g. geography / history. Advertise and encourage children to get involved in literacy competitions. E.g. FBA, BBC Radio 2 500 words. Monday lunchtime library club. Quiet reading. Exchange books. Two online links on the school website to free books. Current: parent being trained as a school librarian.

8 What do the teachers think about when planning a lesson? We teach in topics and they fall into these main categories: Narrative Poetry Non-fiction

9 The 12 Strands Speaking Listening and responding Group discussion and interaction Drama Word recognition Word structure and spelling Understanding and interpreting texts Engaging with and responding to texts Creating and shaping texts Text structure and organisation Sentence structure and punctuation Presentation Four of the strands are concerned with speaking and listening, three with reading and five with writing.

10 Assessing Reading Levels Once your child can read they’ll be working on understanding what they read and really engaging with words in their literacy lessons. Reading comprehension is a big part of SATs and Optional SATs. The SATs reading papers consist of non-fiction and fiction texts which are usually linked by a common theme. Children are given copies of these texts, plus an answer booklet, which contains questions on the texts and space for answers.

11 Book Reading Levels Colour bandApprox NC level Letters and sounds phonics phase Approx age in years PinkFSP2<5 RedFSP35 Yellow1c3 – 45 ½ Blue1b4 – 55 ½ - 6 Green1b55 ½ - 6 Orange1a/2c5 – 66 – 6 ½ Turquoise1a/2c5 – 66 – 6 ½ Purple2c67 – 7 ½ Gold2b67 ½ - 8 White2a/3c-7 ½ - 8 Lime3c-8 Brown3b+-8+

12 The simple view of reading (Rose)

13 Comprehension Levels 5C 4A 4BAge-expected level for end of Year 6 4CAge-expected level for end of Year 6 3AAge-expected level for end of Year 5 3BAge-expected level for end of Year 4/5 3CAge-expected level for end of Year 3/4 2AAge-expected level for end of Year 3 2BAge-expected level for end of Year 2 2CAge-expected level for end of Year 2 1AAge-expected level for end of Year 1 1BAge-expected level for end of Year 1 1C

14 Assessing Writing Levels It is expected that all children should achieve Level 4 by the end of KS2 Progress expected in order to achieve Level 4 MIDDLE by the end of Year 6: But please remember that every child is individual and these are only estimated figures.

15 R Aut R Spr R Sum 1C 1B Yr1 AutYr1 Spr Yr1 Sum Yr2 AutYr2 Spr Yr2 Sum 1B1A 2C 2B Yr3 AutYr3 Spr Yr3 Sum Yr4 AutYr4 Spr Yr4 Sum 2B2A 3C 3B Yr5 AutYr5 Spr Yr5 Sum Yr6 AutYr6 Spr Yr6 Sum 3B3A 4C 4B

16 What can you do to help? Weekly spellings – important to support your child. Be aware of what they are learning so you can point out the spelling patterns when you hear them read. Listen to them read and read back to them. Record it in their daily reading record. Talk about it. Ask questions. Encourage them to look at other text forms other than books, such as newspapers and magazines. Non fiction. Put the subtitles on whilst watching a favourite film. Join the library together. Read items on the website. Research a favourite topic together. Get your child a diary, or some nice pens to write with. Talk about and discuss current issues. Encourage them to have an opinion.

17 Try to do a little every day!

18 Thank you for listening. Any questions?

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