“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Dr Seuss.
Reading is an important life skill, but more importantly it is a source of pleasure, another world in which children can explore, have adventures and discover new things. At Buxton Junior School, we love books and we want to instil this love of reading in our children. This year we are approaching the teaching of English through a shared book approach. We believe that reading encourages children to use their imagination – a book can take you anywhere you want to go! As well as helping children to develop their skills of inference, empathy and imagination, reading is just fun and we want our children to love books as much as we all do.
So far this year, we have used a range of quality texts to inspire our children as writers. For example, Y5 have written balanced discussions about a dilemma faced by the kitten, Varjak Paw, while Y3 have written imaginary stories about flying pigs based on the picture book Tuesday. Y4 have written stories based on the video Language by Porter Robinson and Y6 have written letters in role as a character from Holes.
We read books together in class, sharing ideas, questions and predictions. We think about how the characters feel and use this to inspire our writing. We may write a letter to somebody in a story, a newspaper report or a diary entry from the point of view of a main character. We may write our own versions of the stories we read or write a conversation between two characters. We use discussion and drama to embed language and develop children’s vocabulary. We use the books which we read to notice how authors use grammar and punctuation for effect and we spot spelling patterns and word families, using our inference skills to work out the meaning of tricky words. We also use short films, pictures, events from the news and our wonderful school grounds to inspire our children’s writing. By enthusing our children with a love of books, we are strengthening the foundations of their learning in all areas.
This YouTube video will help your child with pronunciation of the letters.