At Evendons Primary School, we believe that reading is at the centre of learning. We strive for children to learn to love books through daily storytelling sessions.
English writing topics are based on stories by well known authors and the children are given time to immerse themselves in the story and get to know the characters and story format. Children are encouraged to read a wide variety of genres, they have access to this through a well resourced and modern reading scheme which they read at home with parents and also in school with staff and trained reading volunteers.
Being a STEM school means that we need to teach children how to comprehend, interpret and apply reading skills to science and technology content. We teach children. through guided sessions, the skills of inference, inquiry and interpretation and encourage them to apply this to a range of ‘real life’ texts.
As children’s reading develops at different rates, teaching is tailored to each child and their ability. Children will read daily in classroom, either in shared reading, one to one reading or guided reading groups. Children are encouraged to read a range of books in school and at home and communication between staff and parents is encouraged.
We aim to bring reading to life and give it purpose by using music, drama and performance.
It is our vision that every child will learn to write by being given real and exciting materials and opportunities. We will show and explain everyday occurrences to the children and inspire them to write about them. We will share excellent writing to inspire children to emulate styles. We encourage children to read their work for enjoyment, to read it aloud to others and provide audiences for writing. We want children to have an understanding that writing has a real purpose and that word choice and style can bring about change.
As a STEM school we aim to open children’s minds to inquiry and imagination. We will share the work of famous scientists from the past to the present and guide children to see how using their imaginations and observation skills can make them excellent scientists as well as excellent writers.
We teach children at Evendons to write using a cursive script from the beginning of their time here. We know that using a cursive script helps most children become more confident, fluent writers and also helps improve spelling.
At Evendons we believe that good presentation skills are important as we want children to value their own work and for others to do the same. By introducing and teaching a consistent cursive script from Early Years, our aim is then for children to be able to focus upon the content of their writing from year 2 onwards rather than on the mechanics of handwriting. As a STEM school we will use ICT to present information but also value and promote written forms.
We aim for our children to develop a clear cursive handwriting script that they are proud of.