"In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’"
Reading is at the centre of the English Curriculum at Christ Church. We follow a program called Accelerated Reading. This is a reading and reading-comprehension program that supports children’s reading ability alongside their inference and deduction skills, developing into a lifelong love of books and stories.
Research shows children gain the most when they practice every day, therefore children are encouraged to bring their book home at the end of each day allowing them to continue to read on a daily basis. Each child also has a yellow reading record book to record their daily reading achievements in which parents are able to write comments.
Each year Christ Church participates in the annual World Book Day with a variety of activities linked to stories and books in particular.
Writing in Year 3, 4 and 5.
Read Write Inc. Literacy and Language is a complete literacy programme used in Year 3, 4 and 5. The programme is totally aligned to the new National Curriculum in a fun and meaningful way. It gives every child a deep understanding of what they read using the special 'three reads' approach and fully prepares every child for writing, using a planning, drafting and revising method. It teaches Grammar in context so that children can apply it seamlessly in their own writing. Through using this programme we aim to develop the children as articulate speakers able to justify their answers and present their ideas and arguments as they learn how to debate.
Writing in Year 6
Year 6 engage in a range of projects providing opportunities for the children to write in a variety of different genres. The stimulus is often drama where children can empathise with different characters and situations enabling them to truly connect with their writing.
For example, in the project about World War 2, children role play what it might be like to be in an air raid shelter and then write about that experience. A favourite topic of the year is Titanic where children dramatise being on the ship and the lifeboat as the tragedy unfolds. The children are able to produce powerful and effective descriptions whilst developing their skills as writers.
Over the course of the year pupils will have the opportunity to take part in English challenges and Family workshops.