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27/05/22

God Save Our Gracious Queen, Long Live Our Noble Queen, God Save The Queen. We had a fantastic time at our Jubilee Celebrations today. The children looked amazing, as did Mr Watson! https://t.co/2S0LDIxjX3

25/05/22

I can feel my heart beat...science in Morpurgo Class https://t.co/jr6TnaD39S

18/05/22

Campbell Class have been reading Michael Rosen's Going on Bear Hunt. They used props to retell the story. https://t.co/SozuVcTgDY

16/05/22

Sitting in the sunshine with a good book. https://t.co/H29e7rmZHv

12/05/22

In Year 6 we were all ready for SATs this week after a hearty breakfast with our friends. https://t.co/g0cLttV4zW

09/05/22

Congratulations to Mrs Shanmugasundaram who has helped raise money through the run for very worthwhile charities including St Catherine's Hospice. Well done, we are so proud of you. https://t.co/WB9XfexjAk

06/05/22

Amazing writing from L in Year 2. What super progress she has made. https://t.co/6t6Bo9Z0ci

06/05/22

Our Reception Class visted Ashdown Forest yesterday. They built dens, found Winnie the Pooh, walked for miles and fell asleep on the way home. It was a great day. https://t.co/ItDBCtGXRz

05/05/22

We love reading at Southgate. Indoors, outdoors, any time, anywhere. We love our playground story chair. https://t.co/vQ0yNRY7NH

26/04/22

A new day, a new week and a new term. https://t.co/88VGIRFJRd

25/04/22

I think all the children have grown taller over the break. Welcome back every one. https://t.co/CuFEPqALKZ

08/04/22

Winners of our Egg Competition. Well done you creative lot! https://t.co/meXkeSNh0W

06/04/22

Dinosaur databases in Year 3 https://t.co/8OigTsXEKV

04/04/22

We have been learning about Easter across our school. Year 2 made some wonderful Easter gardens. https://t.co/7Xtt7fIUxB

31/03/22

We love numbers in Campbell Class https://t.co/fnmWgsjjkq

27/03/22

Happy Mothers Day to all the special people that love us and look after us from Southgate Primary School https://t.co/bFTbD9Qloi

25/03/22

Getting ready for Mothers Day on Sunday 27th March 2022 https://t.co/eNKM541t7K

21/03/22

Year 5 are taking part in a local schools rugby competition today. Good luck to you all. https://t.co/VIJn6uswuU

18/03/22

Rockstar Day at Southgate Primary to celebrate Red Nose Day https://t.co/mO7LNjnoGK

17/03/22

Experimenting with carbon dioxide in Year 6 https://t.co/L999YBrWLZ

Reading

English   Read

Southgate children will be competent readers, able to understand the author's intent. They will be read and reread high quality texts, chosen specifically to expand and deepen their vocabulary. In early reading they will begin to learn other skills such as inference and scanning and skimming. They will be able to discuss information and link to real life experiences. We believe reading is the key to opportunities offered to children in later life and our aim is for all children at Southgate to make outstanding progress from their starting point. 

 

Drivers

Possibility

You can achieve!

Make a difference

We are all part of our community and valued

Adventure

Experiences help us grow

 

Reading

Every child can read.

Reading is the catalyst to all other learning

Exposure to good quality texts

Story time each day

Sharing books at home and school

Helping each other to learn to read.

Reading corners to excite the learner

Author visits

World Book Day

Library tours

Library membership

Reading Policy

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YIhNo4vNam_AqwNNFU7kQ0Q1HtAfVjQip7yLH2iHslM/edit#heading=h.27g25qnket6v 

Reading Long Term Plan

Reading overview

 

How do we teach? 

At Southgate Primary School, we recognise the importance of reading across the curriculum and prioritise the teaching of explicit comprehension skills. As a school we follow the CUSP scheme for whole class reading once children have completed RWInc. Whole class reading is taught in five sessions of 45 minutes. Sessions use high quality texts and extracts to teach comprehension skills with the class teacher reading the text as a class reader to model reading for pleasure as well.  The extracts offer a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Each session starts with taught vocabulary and vocabulary skills followed by fluency reading of the text in different ways e.g. choral reading echo reading etc. Then the reading skill is explained in more detail and the teacher models an example question and how to find the answer. The children are then encouraged to work independently to complete, ‘attempt and apply’ questions followed by a challenge extending the children's responses. In Early Years and KS1, the children work through the RWInc programme. Once children in Year 2 have completed the RWInc scheme they start CUSP sessions.

 

Fluency

It is our goal for children to be accurately reading 90 words per minute by the end of Year 2 and 110 words per minute by the end of Year 6. This means making very few mistakes in

texts at the expected level and being capable of self-correcting when they do. Fluent readers also read with expression; changing their voice according to punctuation cues indicating comprehension, and intonation; with the voice rising and falling as they read, reading ahead for cues, further indicating comprehension. Techniques for teaching fluency at Southgate Primary School include:

  • Echo reading - echoing the expression and intonation used by the class teacher

  • Choral reading - reading together as a class

  • Paired reading - children listening to one another read with expression and intonation and feeding back to each other

  • Performance reading - acting out a text

  • Text marking - using marks to indicate changes in pitch, speed and volume

  • Jump in reading- when the teacher reads and asks certain children to read paragraphs 

 

When decoding and fluency are secure, children can begin to work on the three skills of

comprehension: language in context, retrieval and inference, all underpinned by vocabulary skills. Termly reading speeds are completed to monitor and track children's fluency once RWinc is completed.

 

Children at Southgate Primary School are assessed regularly via PiXL tests. These give an accurate picture of where the gaps are. Whole Class Reading can be adapted following careful analysis of PiXL results to suit the particular needs of any given cohort, class, group or individual. Reading and vocabulary skills are taught with the same strategies and procedures across the curriculum.

Why do we teach in this way? 

Reading is a vital skill needed to access content in all curriculum areas. From maths to

history and geography, via everything in between, comprehension of written material is

necessary to be successful. Nationally, pupils are not accessing expected standard content because of vocabulary deficit. By teaching explicit vocabulary skills we are enabling students at Southgate Primary School to understand questions and source materials at that expected level.

By consistently sticking to a specific structure, learning and practising skills discreetly, one at a time, we reduce the cognitive load required to learn. Children observe teachers modelling high quality, exemplar answers to support them in their own work. Seeing these answers formulated, and hearing the thought process behind them narrated, serves as a road map to success.

The inference skills we teach are useful beyond reading comprehension; they are life skills. There are many situations that require us to read mood from facial expressions or body language or ascertain a person’s opinions from what they say or how it is said. Explicitly teaching inference empowers children to negotiate complex social situations.

In using a wide variety of high-quality text extracts and whole texts, we are able to

expose children at Southgate Primary School to reading beyond their normal experience. 

How is this adapted for vulnerable learners and high attainers?

  • Children complete RWInc first to ensure that they are confident at decoding and are becoming fluent readers. 

  • In situations where long texts are overwhelming for learners, extracts are given to provide support when answering questions 

  • Word mats and sound cards are used to familiarise children with new vocabulary.

  • Teacher models with high quality example answers.

  • High attainers' needs are met by expanding their answers using APE (answer, prove and explain)

 

 

Useful websites

 

https://storylineonline.net/ 

 

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/ 

 

app:

https://www.teachyourmonster.org/  2 different games- Teach Your Monster to Read (Phonics) and Teach Your Monster Reading for Fun 

 

 

 

Documents

Page Downloads Date  
English Policy 2019 28th Oct 2019 Download
Year 3 Reading Objectives 09th Oct 2018 Download
Year 3 Writing Objectives 09th Oct 2018 Download
Year 4 Reading Objectives 09th Oct 2018 Download
Year 4 Writing Objectives 09th Oct 2018 Download
Year 5 Reading Objectives 09th Oct 2018 Download
Year 5 Writing objectives 09th Oct 2018 Download
Year 6 Reading objectives 09th Oct 2018 Download
VCOP (Vocabularly, Connectives, Openers,... 09th Oct 2018 Download
Writing year group objectives 09th Oct 2018 Download