At Garlinge Primary School and Nursery, we provide all children with access to a broad and balanced English curriculum which is interesting, engaging and delivers a range of differentiated learning opportunities and challenges, which will develop a life-long love of learning. We recognise children’s prior learning, encourage the children to develop interpersonal skills, build resilience and become creative, critical thinkers. Children are supported to achieve their potential and progress with confidence to the next phase of their education.
We provide a rigorous and well-organised English curriculum that provides many purposeful opportunities for reading, writing and discussion. We believe that children need to develop a secure technical knowledge-base in English, which follows a clear pathway of progression as they advance. We know that a secure basis in literacy skills is crucial to a high-quality education and will give our children the tools they need to participate fully as a member of society.
At Garlinge Primary School and Nursery, we use a whole text (book) as a stimulus to deliver the National Curriculum in a cross-curricular way through topic-based learning. This allows for key skills to be applied in a purposeful and engaging context.
At Garlinge, we believe that all our children can become fluent readers and writers. This is why we teach reading through Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised, which is a systematic and synthetic phonics programme. We start teaching phonics in Nursery/Reception and follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised progression, which ensures children build on their growing knowledge of the alphabetic code, mastering phonics to read and spell as they move through school.
As a result, all our children are able to tackle any unfamiliar words as they read. At Garlinge Primary School and Nursery, we also model the application of the alphabetic code through phonics in shared reading and writing, both inside and outside of the phonics lesson and across the curriculum. We have a strong focus on language development for our children because we know that speaking and listening are crucial skills for reading and writing in all subjects.
Reading happens almost all of the time in our school and we try to promote a love of reading in everything that we do with the children. Here at Garlinge, we follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised synthetic phonics programme and we use the reading books associated with this scheme to nurture and develop a child’s reading skills from the very beginning of Reception. Once a child has progressed beyond this programme, they are issued with a coloured reading book that compliments their ability (please see our Reading progression document below as a useful guide). Children are assessed in their reading or phonological knowledge on a termly basis by their class teacher. This ensures secure judgements in teacher assessments for reading.
Children are also assessed three times a year in their reading age, using the Salford reading assessment, ensuring that teachers have a firm understanding of a child’s reading ability and can direct them to suitable books and materials. Children in years 2 to 6 also have daily guided reading sessions in their classrooms to further develop the skills they need to become competent readers. Classes in these years also have weekly comprehension lessons aimed at improving their understanding, inference and higher order reading skills.
There are various initiatives that we use around school to promote a love of reading, these may be small year group or class competitions to encourage children to support each other and work as a team to improve their reading. These initiatives aim to inspire children to have a lifelong love of reading – something we as a school firmly believe benefits the child in terms of their educational success, wellbeing and personal development.
If you have any questions regarding your child’s reading, please do speak with their class teacher.
For tips on how to get your child reading click on this link: www.savethechildren.org.uk/sites/default/files/documents/RODO-top-tips.pdf
Please click here to view the Powerpoint presentation that was shown at the Year 1 phonics workshop. Below you will also find additional resources to help support your child:
Please click here to view the Powepoint that was shown at the Reception parents phonics workshop on Thursday 6 September. Below you will also find additional resources
Garlinge Primary School and Nursery was filled with a range of different story characters as they celebrated World Book Day 2022 on Thursday 3rd March.
Children across the school took part in a number of fun and inspiring activities aimed at promoting a love of reading. This included children dressing up as their favourite book characters, paired reading between older and younger classes, class quizzes and artistic paintings of their favourite stories or characters. Children in Early Years and KS1 also had the exciting opportunity to meet a local author, Paul Deslandes, writer of The Garden Monster, who shared his fictional story with the children and talked to them about what life is like to be a children’s author.
“It has been an absolute pleasure to visit Garlinge and to see the children in their wonderful costumes on World Book Day. I loved sharing my book with the children and they thoroughly enjoyed becoming illustrators themselves. Thank you to Garlinge for being so welcoming and I look forward to coming back again in the future”.
Last term, we welcomed Will Mabbit to work with children in years 1, 2, 3 and 4. Will led two assemblies, one for Key Stage 1 and the other for Lower Key Stage 2 where he shared some of his favourite books with the children, discussed how he writes and his own sources of inspiration. He also led 2 separate workshops for children in years 2 and 4, where he helped them to write their own short stories using a range of imaginative ideas. At the end of the day, Moon Lane book shop in Ramsgate held a book sale on the year 5 playground so that children could purchase one or several of Will’s books and have these personally signed by the author himself! It was a fantastic day and our children were thoroughly engrossed and enthused by meeting a ‘real life’ author in person.
The school has a Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 library area which offers a selection of different genre books. The children have an opportunity to visit the library and select books to borrow and take home.
To inspire our children to have a lifelong love of reading, our school recently invited local artist Ty Locke in to transform our Key Stage 1 library in to an ‘enchanted British woodland’. What a fantastic job he has done! I’m sure many children will love to visit this reading space for years to come! To bring the mural to life, Ty included many bespoke features to make the library an exciting place to visit, including 20 hidden animals to find amongst the trees and woodland. Can you see any of them in the picture above? Why not visit our KS1 library to find the rest of these for yourself!
It has been fun to incorporate the children’s ideas and see them come to life with this project. We hope many of our children enjoy visiting this exciting reading area in which to further their enjoyment of books.
What do the children have to say about the library?
“It looks lie a real enchanted forest, I can’t wait to read books in there!” Joel, Year 3.
“It’s amazing! It’s a 10/10 from us! I hope to be able to go there soon!” Kourntey, Year 3
Punctuation and grammar are taught regularly within class and where possible taught in a context. These skills allow for children to write accurately and using standard English. Children are provided with a wide range of opportunities to write in a variety of genres for a purpose and different audiences.
Spelling is taught throughout the school. Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 tend to do this as part of their daily phonics sessions and years 2 to year 6 follow the No Nonsense Spelling scheme. The programme is easy to use, flexible and comprehensive, providing sufficient guidance to implement an effective spelling teaching programme. The programme of study consists of termly overviews, breaking down the requirements of the National Curriculum into strands with individual lesson plans and resources.
From year 2 onwards, the school encourages children to develop a cursive script for handwriting and the skills for developing this are taught and promoted in the classroom. In Early Years and KS1, we look at the movements needed to create the correct letter formation in line with our synthetic phonics programme, Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised. Handwriting skills are practised regularly in every classrooms with the aim to promote fluency and legibility.