Literacy

 

 

Thank you to so many of you who have donated books to us, they have boosted our supplies and mean we can offer an even greater selection to our children. This is very important to us as we recognise the importance of developing a love of reading and offering as wide a variety of texts to the children to satisfy their thirst for knowledge!

 

Special thanks to the P.A. for enabling us to purchase some much needed new books for the Infant Department.

 

The Book Fair will be back here again from Thursday November 14th and you should receive a copy of the timetable as soon as it is completed. This year it will be held in the new building where we hope to have a little more space!

 

I hope that you will be able to support us as generously as you usually do; last year we were able to order £1000 worth of books and resources with our reward vouchers, thank you.

 

Karen Pearson

 

 

Language is used in many different ways and for a variety of purposes. The use of English enables us to think and express ourselves clearly, creatively and imaginatively.

 

Consequently, at St Hugh’s we are committed to providing opportunities for children to understand and use English effectively.

 

We believe that the study of English enables children to develop the ability to listen, speak, read and write in a wide range of situations and therefore, in using language we learn how to communicate and explain ideas, views and emotions.

 

We aim to develop pupils’ abilities within an integrated programme of speaking and listening, reading and writing.

 

Please click here to view some Reading List suggestions (by Year Group)

 

Key Stage 1 (KS1) Literacy

 

Please click on the links below for more information about Literacy in Key Stage 1:

We hope this information is useful. We are here to help your child to achieve their very best. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to speak to your child’s class teacher.

 

Bernadette Sullivan

KS1 Literacy Co-ordinator

 

Key Stage 2 (KS2) Literacy

 

English is taught through a daily Literacy lesson following the Literacy Strategies and Primary Framework.Those pupils requiring extra support with aspects of the subject may be offered small group sessions for up to, forty five minutes a week to address their specific requirements.

 

With the introduction of a new element to the end of KS2 National SATs, extra emphasis is being placed on Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation (SPAG) with at least one weekly lesson focusing exclusively on this, in addition to its inclusion in the units of work covered.

 

During the school year we regularly have Literacy focus days or weeks, notably in November with the Book Fair, which is always supported so generously by our parents – thank you.

In March we participate in World Book Day and our annual parade around the school playground dressed as our favourite book characters is a sight to behold!

 

We endeavour to arrange a visit each year from an author and in recent years we have been entertained by David Horner, Eammon Reilly and Tony Robinson.

 

Many children within the school have also entered national writing competitions successfully having their poems or stories published.This year we are offering the children the opportunity to enter the BBC 500 words competition, so watch this space!

 

In this, our Golden Jubilee year, we will be producing a book of “recollections” about St Hugh’s which everyone in the school will be contributing to and will be available to purchase in April. The actual title is yet to be decided on and there will be a competition within the school for the cover design!

 

We recognise that as parents you support your children’s progression in English and below are some websites that may be of interest to you.

Keep reading and writing!

Karen Pearson.

 

Useful website links:

 

BBC Bitesize - KS1

BBC Bitesize - KS2

BBC Schools - huge variety of sites to support Literacy for all ages and abilities

Usbourne Quick Links

Woodlands Junior - Literacy Zone

Oxford Dictionaries

http://www.foxhillprimary.com/Representative%20Book%20Selection.pdf

 

Two publications that you may also find useful are:

 

KS2: Oxford Primary Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Dictionary.

 

KS1: Oxford Phonics Spelling Dictionary