As a core subject, English plays a vital part in the education of children at Stockbridge, rooted in strong communication; language and listening as well as comprehension and speaking. A good grounding in these essential elements makes good readers and great writers.
With our pre-school being an integral part of the school and many of the children from pre-school feeding into our Year R class, we are able to ensure a rich diet of reading and early phonics work with enrichment in phase one of letters and sounds phonics.
This rich reading curriculum, which gives us the opportunity to develop children’s vocabulary and comprehension, continues into Year R and then all the way up to Year 6. Children are also spending an increasing amount of time watching films and TV so we have woven visual literacy in the form of films and short clips, into the reading curriculum – their comprehension of these being just as important as that of reading a book. Newspapers and magazines are an important part of our reading offer too.
Our librarians apply for the role themselves and support the development of a love of reading by leading assemblies, modelling book reviews, managing the library system and dreaming up all kinds of wonderful reading challenges and competitions.
The reading map for Year 1 only exists for 2020-21 Autumn term. Usually, our Year 1s would be in a class along with half of the Year 2s but, with the catch up funding, we decided to separate year groups in order to facilitate rapid catch up.
As Year 1 are in a separate class for 2020-21, so are Year 2. From June 2020 and then into next academic year, we will have a Year 1/2 class and the reading map below maps out the texts children will encounter as a stimulus for writing as well as for reading.
Our Year 3 children, as part of the lower school, are also split into a single age year group until June 2020 in order to effect rapid catch up. They will be joined by half of Year 2 in June 2020 so the reading map below shows what they’ll be reading for the next 3 years.
Year 4 is the first year in our ‘upper school’ where the children enter into more complex texts and need to access these increasingly independently. We have designed our own reading journals for Year 3 upwards so that they record new vocabulary they encounter in their reading and children take this very seriously in Year 4 as they hard to use the new vocabulary in their writing too.
Usually, Year 5 would be split; half in Year 4/5 class and half in Year 5/6 however, with the catch up money available to support rapid progress after their COVID absence, Year 5 had the whole of the Autumn term 2020 in a single year group class and had their own texts for this period in time. From January 2020, their texts are mapped on the Year 4 and Year 6 document.
Although the texts are mapped out for the next 3 years for each year group, they are always under review as such brilliant texts are being published all the time. This year is a great example of the school moving with the context of the class. A 60% boys vs girls with high levels of SEN, means we have thought carefully about the types and choices of texts all children can access and how we meet the needs of each group of pupils through the texts we choose.