Our Approach to the Teaching of Writing
Supporting your child with writing in KS2
At Tattingstone Primary School, we know that punctuation and grammar (SPAG) terminology is often difficult to understand so we hope to provide parents with a guide and examples for parents to help their children with SPAG at home.
Below is an overall outline of all the SPAG terms children will need to know in primary school with definitions and examples of these. Plus, there are specific SPAG expectations for each particular year group. To help your children practise, encourage them to write stories at home using different punctuation and grammar (see below for story inspiration).
Examples of the KS2 Expected Standard
The government have provided examples of writing for KS2 to identify the language, punctuation and grammar that needs to be included to be successful at different levels (working towards expected level, expected level and working at greater depth level). All SPAG features are highlighted in different genres of writing. Please see the link below.
Our Approach to the Teaching of Reading
At Tattingstone we believe in fostering an interest and pleasure in reading which continues to develop as the children learn to read confidently and independently.
The school follows the Read, Write, Inc. phonics programme throughout the school, teaching pupils in 'phonic families' to suit their ability for between 20 - 30 minutes per day. All children take part in daily quiet reading, either independently or with an adult, as well as guided reading sessions whereby a group of pupils share a book with an adult. Within school pupils read the Read, Write, Inc. fiction and non-fiction books which accompany the phonics scheme. However, all pupils are issued with a reading book to take home and share with an adult, these come from a variety of schemes, which ensures the pupils are provided with a variety of choice at parallel levels. Pupils are also introduced to an extensive selection of children's literature from a variety of authors.
As pupils become more competent in their reading they are able to access the Accelerated Reader programme. Children are assessed to gauge which level of books they should read. Pupils are then issued with books at the appropriate level. When they have read the book they take a quiz on the computer to judge their understanding, or comprehension of the book. As pupils improve and read towards the upper end of their range they are re-assessed and they are able to choose books from a more difficult range.
In Key Stage 2, as 'learning to read' becomes 'reading to learn', pupils are exposed to an ever widening range of material in order to promote enthusiastic, independent and reflective readers. Shared reading, together with shared writing, continues to be a feature of the reading programme.
How will I know if a book has an Accelerated Reader quiz?
To know which quizzes are on Accelerated Reader (AR), visit the AR BookFinder website: www.arbookfind.co.uk. Here you can conduct a search of all available books with AR quizzes.
Please bear in mind that just because a child can read the words in a book this does not mean the content is appropriate. The interest level of the material must be considered. Interest level is based on content- a book’s themes and ideas- and indicates for which age group a book is appropriate. The chart below shows which ages fall into each interest level.
LY- Lower Years
MY- Middle Years
UY- Upper Years
Ages 14 and above
These are recommendations. It is the responsibility of teachers and parents to use their best judgement when guiding children to appropriate books.
If your child independently reads a book at home, (a book not provided by the school), and the book is on the Accelerated Reader system, your child will be able to take a comprehension quiz at school based on that book. Your child will need to have the home book with them in school when they take the quiz, to ensure that the quiz offered is based on the same edition of the book.