We are passionate about promoting reading and, in particular, reading for pleasure. We have a wide range of reading scheme books that form our children’s library at school. Children follow ‘book banding’ to support them in accessing and reading books appropriate to their age and stage. These bands will include books from the Oxford Reading Scheme, and Project X. However, we also firmly believe in all children having the freedom to choose their own books that may sit outside of the band they are in. With this in mind, children enjoy banded and unbanded books alongside each other.
We work hard to promote reading around school and enjoying sharing class texts together. Our staff also enjoy reading various children's books and we spend time discussing and reviewing these texts together.
We have regular volunteers who come to Sleights and listen to our children read. The children love being able to share their stories and reading with visitors and we are incredibly grateful to those volunteers who help us make this happen.
We have recently begun a rather large project to reorganise our reading curriculum and resources. This has begun by moving our library to another part of school, so that everyone can access it. We have also moved our 'book band' books, so children can clearly find and choose a book to read.
This resource helps to explain the books and organisation at Sleights: Reading Bands and Organisation of resources
To find out more about the curriculum at Sleights, please contact the school office to come and see what we do.
Children access phonics teaching from the start of their time at Sleights. In our Pre-School, children develop their listening skills and the ability to ‘tune in’ to sounds around them. Listening walks and activities focused entirely on developing understanding and knowledge of sounds support their progression into Reception class.
Across Reception and Key Stage 1, our children follow Letters and Sounds to support the delivery of the phonics curriculum.
Children at Sleights enjoy being given opportunities to write and develop their own writer’s toolkit of transferable skills. Our writing process was introduced in November and provides children with a clear, step by step approach to developing and gathering new knowledge and skills. Our approach focuses on understanding genre, audience and purpose and adapting our writing style based on this information. We enjoy developing extended pieces of writing over time and celebrating our creations with others.
Our whole school focuses on the same writing focus across the school, enabling collaborative working approaches for both staff and learners.
The process of writing is developed in the classroom over time as a working wall. This wall acts a learning resource that children can access independently. In addition, the resource is used to celebrate and showcase good examples for children to work towards and understand.
Our approach to writing is underpinned by our commitment as a Church school to ensure that we “work together to be happy; to flourish and succeed through our Christian Values of perseverance, respect and trust” To see our writing policy, press here: Writing Policy and Procedure
We teach spelling in a range of ways in order to support children’s understanding and ability. Across Key Stage Two, children follow the North Yorkshire spelling programme. In Key Stage One, spelling is taught using phonic sessions.
Our approach to spelling is underpinned by our commitment as a Church school to ensure that we “work together to be happy; to flourish and succeed through our Christian Values of perseverance, respect and trust”.
Click the link to see our Spelling Policy: Spelling policy and procedure - September 2018
Children are taught spelling patterns or rules across a series of sessions. These sessions begin by introducing and exploring the rule, before investigating and exploring patterns using games and activities. Children complete a review of the spelling pattern (like a spelling test) each week.
Spellings are handed out on a Thursday and are tested the following Tuesday.
Spellings are provided for children to learn on a regular basis. In many cases, the words that children are asked to learn are those found in the National Curriculum for English. A full list of the words that children are expected to learn whilst at primary school, including the year they are expected, can be found below.