At Cedars Academy we teach writing through the use of Pie Corbett’s Talk for Writing techniques. This involves mapping and retelling a story or information text, giving the pupils a good example to base their own writing on as well as adventurous vocabulary to make use of. Within each unit we will be following the National Curriculum and developing our handwriting, spelling and grammar skills.
Across the year the children will learn to write:
- A range of different story types including à finding tales, rags to riches tales, defeating a monster tale, losing tales, tales of fear and tales where characters move from being foolish to wise.
- Information reports
- Newspaper reports
- Persuasive letter, leaflets, brochures and posters
- Discussion texts
- Recount letters, diaries and biographies
We will also be applying what we have learnt in other curriculum areas such as writing diaries in history, reports in science, captions in art and explanations in geography.
Bug Club and Rapid Phonics are two schemes that we use to teach reading. We read in groups to develop our reading skills and spend time talking about the books to improve our comprehension skills. Both Rapid Phonics and Bug Club are available online so that the children can read them at home too and answer questions.
The comprehension skills we are developing are:
- Prediction – What do we think the book is about or what will happen in the book?
- The Main Idea – What the book is about?
- Sequencing – Putting events and ideas in the order they appear in the book or by importance.
- Summarising – Saying what has happened or what the book is telling you in as few words as possible.
- Point of View and Purpose – Why has the book been written, who for and what is the author trying to get the reader to think?
- Finding information – Looking for key words to find information.
- Fact or Opinion – Is the idea a fact that we can prove or an opinion?
- Similarities and Differences – Are the characters, settings and themes similar or different? How is this book different to others or similar to something else you have read?
- Understanding words – Working out what words mean in different sentences.
- Inferring – Reading between the lines and deciding what is most likely to be true based on clues in the text.
- Cause and effect – Why did an event happen? What caused this?
- Concluding – Making decisions about information, events and preferences.
We will also be reading at other times in different lessons and for different purposes such as researching in history, reading instructions in science or reading word problems in maths.curriculum overview 17-18