“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
At Princecroft we want all of our children to love books. A walk around the school will quickly show how we aim to inspire and nurture a love of reading. Books are easily accessible, valued and prized. Children’s progress and achievements are rewarded with our reading certificates and badges which they work towards over the year. Staff are knowledgeable about children’s literature and encourage children to challenge themselves, helping them to make informed choices about what they read. Underpinning our whole class teaching of reading is the Princecroft Reading Spine: 40 quality fiction texts and novels which we believe children need to experience before they leave us. Each text is studied in depth alongside quality poetry and non-fiction texts. We teach children the skills they need to be great readers, give them the knowledge they need in order to understand what they read and provide them with the opportunity to make links across their learning and respond with their views.
To give the children the skills they need to become fluent and confident readers, the school focuses on the teaching of phonics through the Sounds~Write approach.
A good reader makes a good writer and all children are viewed as authors. We do this through a focus on Talk4Writing teaching, in which children learn model texts by heart and examine how authors create different effects in their writing. There are three phases to this approach: imitation where children begin by writing in a similar style to the text they have learnt, innovation when they make changes and write about alternative characters, settings, plots and techniques and finally invent, which is when the children have the opportunity to write an original piece inspired by the learnt text. This allows the children to learn about language structures and ‘toolkits’ for writing in different styles. The teaching of punctuation and grammar is central to the teaching of writing and children will apply learnt skills across their pieces of work. The children are empowered by the process and are proud of their independent writing as a result.